News and Notes 254 March 8

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Developmental Disabilities Month (#DDAwareness17) and the #DSWorks campaign of the National Down Syndrome Society; NIDILRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; Research in Focus looks at why people with disabilities may not always get the healthcare they need; Transitions RTC publishes brief, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its Application to Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHC); NIDILRR researcher will present Post-Acute Stroke Award lecture at the 2017 American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); principal investigator for Moss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center receives Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts workshop on Communicating Science: Tools for Disability and Rehabilitation Researchers; ThinkWork is recruiting parents of youth with I/DD for employment study; Aging and Disability Business Institute, led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and funded in part by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), provides community-based organizations with tools to build skills to adapt to a changing healthcare environment.

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2017-03-08
NARIC news: 

March awareness continues with Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, brought to us by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities! The campaign focuses on "life side-by-side," highlighting how people with developmental disabilities live, learn, work, and play alongside family, friends, and coworkers in their communities. Just as #DDAwareness17 was kicking off, the National Down Syndrome Society also launched #DSWorks, a new campaign which encourages businesses to hire employees with Down syndrome (DS) and increase opportunities for meaningful, competitive employment. We put the two concepts together and compiled research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help create inclusive workplaces for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to provide more information in this area.

Research In Focus:
Even with Insurance, People with Disabilities May Not Always Get the Healthcare They Need
This week's Research In Focus looks at why people with disabilities may delay or skip needed healthcare, even when they have health insurance.

Resource Highlight: 

WIOA and Its Application to Youth/Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (90RT5031) published an issue brief, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its Application to Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHC) (PDF). The brief discusses the requirements of WIOA, key areas for youth and young adults to explore, and specific issues relevant to youth and young adults with SMHC. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition
NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and development) for multiple dates in April, May, and June. Expertise in specific fields is requested (see full list). NIDILRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin, the competition manager.

NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast UPDATED
NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database with the most recent updates posted March 8th at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher to Present Post-Acute Stroke Award Lecture at ACRM
Leora Cherney, PhD, principal investigator for several current and completed NIDILRR-funded projects on aphasia, will receive the 2017 American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)/National Stroke Association Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke Award. As part of the award, Dr. Cherney will present a lecture on her current research focused on innovative treatment approaches for aphasia at the ACRM Annual Conference in October.

Model Systems Lead Researcher Receives Award for Lifetime Contributions
Tessa Hart, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Moss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center (90DP0037), received the Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award at the 2017 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference in February. The award recognizes an individual's outstanding contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research and/or conceptual/theoretical development. Dr. Hart has led the Moss TBI Center and other NIDILRR-funded TBI research projects since 2002.

Grantee event: 

KT Workshop: Communicating Science
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027) will host a workshop, Communicating Science: Tools for Disability and Rehabilitation Researchers, April 5th, 12:30-5pm ET, at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, VA. Presenters from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will lead an interactive session focusing on researcher involvement in public communication of science and how to connect with specific audiences. The workshop will close with a special one-hour session focusing on strategic social media and online science communication. Registration is free and open to all, but NIDILRR grantees receive priority. Registration closes March 16th.

Participate: 

Employment Study Seeks Parents of Youth with I/DD
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork) (90RT5028) is recruiting parents of young people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) for a study to test the impact of an individualized motivational communication strategy on planning for employment in the community (PDF). The study also explores how individuals with I/DD and family members use information and supports to develop an employment vision, and move from that vision to an employment outcome. Participants must be parents of a student with I/DD between the ages of 14 and 24. All participants will be entered to win a $100 gift card. To register or for more information, contact John Shepard at 617/287-4345 or john.shepard@umb.edu.

Elsewhere: 

Aging and Disability Business Institute
The Aging and Disability Business Institute, led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), is a resource for community-based organizations providing healthcare services and support to older Americans and people with disabilities. The institute provides community-based organizations with technical assistance, tools, and resources to build skills and knowledge across business disciplines and successfully adapt to a changing healthcare environment. The institute is a partnership of several experienced and respected organizations in the aging and disability network and is funded in part by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).