News and Notes 253 March 1

Information about traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the NIDILRR community available from NARIC in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2016-2023; Research in Focus shows how people caring for a family member with TBI can benefit from the right supports; RRTC on Community Living publishes series of fact sheets for the Health Access for Independent Living (HAIL) program; KTDRR  posts video presentations fom the 2016 Knowledge Translation Online Conference; IC-RRTC research is featured in special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR); project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability hosts webinar, Managing Work, Life, and Disability: Considerations for Individuals and Employers; Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks individuals with disabilities for survey about getting and using health insurance; Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School partner to offer Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition, an online course for hiring managers and recruiters.

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2017-03-01
NARIC news: 

March is here, and with it comes a flurry of important health and disability observances. We'll kick things off with Brain Injury Awareness Month, sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). BIAA estimates that more than 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the US every year. These injuries can range from mild TBIs or concussions to severe TBIs that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. According to research from the NIDILRR-funded TBI Model Systems, moderate to severe TBI is a lifelong condition (PDF), but it's possible to prevent or reduce TBI-related problems with proper healthcare and community services. It's important for people with TBI to know they're not alone, and that they have the support and understanding of family caregivers and professionals. Learn more about the impact of TBI on individuals and their families, and the research underway in the NIDILRR community which may help.

Research In Focus:
People Caring for a Family Member with a TBI Can Benefit from the Right Supports
This week's Research In Focus shows caring for a family member with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take a toll, but the right supports may help everyone adjust over time.

Resource Highlight: 

Health Access for Independent Living Factsheets
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (90RT5015) has published a series of twelve factsheets for the Health Access for Independent Living (HAIL) program. HAIL resources are designed for Center for Independent Living staff to support their clients in setting and reaching health-related goals. These resources can empower people with disabilities to manage their own healthcare and participate more fully in their communities. Factsheets address important consumer skills including: Goal Setting, Tracking Goals, Understanding Health Coverage, Managing Your Medications, Assistive Technology, Accessing Preventive Care, Organizing Your Health Records, and Working with Your Care Providers. Factsheets on secondary conditions are also available on Chronic Pain, Fatigue, and Depression. Links to all the factsheets are available on the right side of the HAIL webpage.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeks Comments on Draft Long-Range Plan
NIDILRR is requesting comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023 (PDF). This long-range plan provides an overview of the state of people with disabilities in the United States and NIDILRR’s current investments and potential future directions for research grants. NIDILRR is publishing the draft plan to obtain public comment on the proposed research and development activities to help the agency fulfill its mission. Comments will be accepted by email to NIDILRRfuture@acl.hhs.gov. Comments are due by close of business on Monday, March 20th.

News items: 

2016 Knowledge Translation Online Conference Videos Now Available
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027) has posted video presentations from the 2016 Knowledge Translation Online Conference. Presentations from the three-day conference include communicating science and engaging the public, visualization for exploration and communication, successful social media and other outreach strategies, and measuring the impact of social media and other strategies. Continuing education credits are available for viewing the presentations.

IC-RRTC Research Featured in JVR Special Issue
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) is featured in How Individual and Environmental Factors Affect Employment Outcomes, a special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR). The first six articles of the issue detail findings from the RRTC's studies examining barriers and facilitators to employment faced by individuals who have engaged with state vocational rehabilitation agencies. The introduction and abstracts of individual articles are available free of charge.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Managing Work, Life, and Disability - Considerations for Individuals and Employers
The NIDILRR-funded project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability  (90IF0051) will host a webinar, Managing Work, Life, and Disability: Considerations for Individuals and Employers, March 16th, 10-11:15am ET. The webinar will include an overview of findings from the project, and provide insights from the perspectives of employees with disabilities, as well as suggestions for what employers can do to contribute to effective work-life management for their employees with disabilities. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Health Insurance Survey Interview
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90DP0075) is recruiting adults with disabilities to participate in interviews about their experiences with getting and using health insurance, including Medicaid or Medicare. Participation is open to adults with disabilities between 18 and 63 years old. There is no limitation to disability type, location, or background. Qualified individuals will participate in a 30-60 minute phone interview about their health insurance experience. Participants who complete the interview will receive a $40 gift card.

Elsewhere: 

Perkins and Harvard Offer New Workforce Diversity Course
Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School have partnered to offer Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition, an online course for hiring managers and recruiters. The self-paced course covers the topics and tools employers need to identify barriers to employment; recruit, interview, and onboard candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities; and improve workplace accessibility and culture to support candidates with disabilities. The next session runs from March 14th to May 8th. The course is free, with certification available for a fee.