News and Notes 255 March 15

NARIC blog features resources, gathered from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, about service animals; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023; NIDILRR continues to post its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; Research in Focus looks at a program to help people with serious mental illness meet their wellness goals; Wireless RERC releases Wireless Device Ownership by People with Disabilities, based on its Survey of User Needs; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing positive growth in employment for job seekers with disabilities in the February nTIDE report; NIDILRR researchers James Krause, PhD, and Yue Cao, PhD, receive 2016 Scholar of the Year Awards from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professionals; RRTC on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities will host the 2017 Summer Institute on Community Inclusion at Temple University in Philadelphia; TICTOC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center seeks young people with spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D) to test SCI-HARD, mobile game designed to help improve self-management skills; Department of Veterans Affairs offers online resource Make the Connection, linking visitors to VA medical centers, mental health programs, benefits counselors, and other local resources.

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2017-03-15
NARIC news: 

Service animals have been in the news lately, thanks in part to a recent Supreme Court decision that clears the way for families to advocate for their child to be able to bring their service animal to school. Service animals can be integral to the full participation of people with disabilities of all ages, such as supporting a child to walk, guiding a pedestrian who is blind, or alerting caretakers when someone with dementia begins to wander. Learn more about service animals, and the rights of people who use them, in these resources gathered from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our blog.

Research In Focus:
Self-Directed Care May Help People with Serious Mental Illness Take an Active Role in Their Recovery
This week's Research In Focus looks at a program to help people with serious mental illness meet their wellness goals.

Resource Highlight: 

SUNspot Research Brief: Wireless Device Ownership by People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) has released Wireless Device Ownership by People with Disabilities (PDF), the latest SUNspot research brief highlighting issues and research questions based on the RERC's Survey of User Needs. This issue looks at rates of wireless device ownership (regular phones, smartphones, and tablets) among adults with disabilities and compares those rates to the general population. Previous issues of SUNspot are archived in the Wireless RERC Reports.

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.

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 10th at http://www.grants.gov. To identify NIDILRR opportunities, use the search terms NIDILRR or 93.433.

News items: 

nTIDE: People with Disabilities Continue to Contribute to Job Gains
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5017) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5022) reported continuing positive growth in employment for job seekers with disabilities in the February National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report. This is the longest run of positive news since nTIDE began tracking employment trends in 2013. This month's nTIDE report also looks at promising approaches in early intervention for young people with disabilities transitioning from school to work.

NIDILRR Researchers Honored with Scholar of the Year Awards
Two NIDILRR-funded researchers received Scholar of the Year awards from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professionals in December. James Krause, PhD, who has led NIDILRR-funded research in spinal cord injury for more than 25 years, received the 2016 Scholar of the Year Award given to faculty in recognition of their research contributions. Yue Cao, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded project on Prevalence of Chronic Disease After Spinal Cord Injury: A Longitudinal Study (90IF0070), received the 2016 Developing Scholar of the Year award which recognizes junior members of the faculty who are promising research scholars as demonstrated by their research contributions.

Grantee event: 

2017 Summer Institute on Community Inclusion
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RT5021) will host the 2017 Summer Institute on Community Inclusion, July 24th and 25th, at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The conference will focus on the state-of-the-science in research related to individuals with mental illness and community inclusion and implications for policy, programs, and practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own research and their policy, program, and practice innovations as part of panel discussions during the two-day Institute. Registration is required and there is a registration fee.

Participate: 

SCI-HARD Mobile Gaming Study
The NIDILRR-funded Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (90RE5012) is seeking young people with spinal cord injury or dysfunction (SCI/D) to test SCI-HARD, a mobile game designed to help individuals with SCI/D improve self-management skills. The game is available for Android and Apple devices. Participants must be English-speaking, between the ages of 13 and 29, and have a SCI/D. Eligible participants may receive up to $100 for completing the study. For more information, contact sci-hardgame@umich.edu or 734/615-6720.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Make the Connection
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Make the Connection, an online resource to connect Veterans, their families and friends, and other supporters to information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives, including mental health conditions and traumatic brain injury. The comprehensive searchable directory links visitors to VA medical centers, mental health programs, benefits counselors, and other local resources. The site also features videos from more than 400 Veterans and their family members, sharing stories of strength and recovery.