News and Notes 256 March 22

NARIC blog shares resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Kidney Month and National Diabetes Alert Day; NIDILRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; Research in Focus highlights a device that helps people with hand prostheses improve their grip strength via vibratory haptic feedback; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults publishes brief on supporting transition age youth after the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); directors at Rocky Mountain and Great Lakes ADA Regional Centers were interviewed on ABC 7 Chicago about The Movement, a film spotlighting adaptive sports; RERC: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities hosts DescribeAthon 17, an event using YouDescribe technology for blind viewers, in which recorded voices describe what is shown on YouTube; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center hosts webcast and live chat, The Future is Here: What Can Robotics Do for Individuals with SCI? Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is recruiting adults with disabilities for health insurance survey interviews; Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) offers TechCheck, a tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices.

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2017-03-22
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The parade of health-related observations continues this March with National Kidney Month and National Diabetes Alert Day (3/28). According to the American Diabetes Association, 9 out of 10 Americans who may be most at risk for diabetes may not know it. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of chronic kidney disease. People with mobility, sensory, psychiatric, and intellectual and developmental disabilities face the same risk for these conditions as those without disabilities. Educational resources, toolkits, and technology can help people with disabilities understand and manage their risk for diabetes and other kidney disorders. We shared a selection of these resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, as well as research in this area, in our blog. Follow #HeartYourKidneys and #DiabetesAlertDay on Facebook and Twitter to learn more!

Research In Focus:
What's the Buzz? Using Vibratory Haptic Feedback to Improve Grip Strength in Hand Prostheses
This week's Research In Focus highlights a device which could help people who use hand prostheses improve their grip.

Resource Highlight: 

Issue Brief: Supporting Transition Age Youth After WIOA
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) has published an issue brief, Supporting Transition-Aged Youth After the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): A Look at State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (PDF). This brief report describes findings from 51 state VR agency programs for transition-age youth. Most of the programs emphasize improving employment outcomes, but some also aim to enhance other outcomes such as high school completion and postsecondary education. Also available is an accompanying database of state VR agencies' efforts to serve transition-age youth (XLS).

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.

News items: 

ADA Regional Centers Featured on ABC 7 Chicago
Rachael Stafford, director of the NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center (90DP0094), and Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091), were interviewed by WLS, the ABC affiliate in Chicago, for ABC 7 Shows Movie for ADA. Ms. Stafford and Ms. Jones were interviewed about The Movement, a film spotlighting adaptive sports. They discussed the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the lives of people with disabilities and introduced the ADA National Network Regional Centers.

RERC Hosts DescribeAthon 17
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC): Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities (90RE5024) recently hosted DescribeAthon 17, an event that used Smith-Kettlewell's YouDescribe technology, developed by RERC senior scientist Josh Miele, PhD, to raise awareness about video accessibility on the web for blind viewers. YouDescribe is an enhanced video program for YouTube in which recorded voices describe what cannot be seen. On this Day of Description, in a single day, amateur and professional volunteer describers from all over the world used YouDescribe to add accessible video material to the web, describing YouTube and other videos.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: The Future is Here - What Can Robotics Do for Individuals with SCI?
The NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center (90SI5021) will host a webcast and live chat, The Future is Here: What Can Robotics Do for Individuals with SCI?, April 20th, 6:30-8pm ET. Presenters will discuss how robotic systems and assistive devices with robotic capabilities are currently used to regain and retrain motor function and improve independence for individuals living with SCI. The benefits, challenges, and personal commitment from the consumer perspective will also be discussed. Registration is free and required for the webcast. Participants may also call in to 866/607-1804.

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 experience 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. Participants are particularly needed from racial/ethnic minorities and from the following states: Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Qualified individuals chosen for the study will participate in a 30-60 minute phone interview about their health insurance experiences. Participants who complete the interview will receive a $40 gift card. To get more information and/or to express interest in participating please go to: http://www.chril.org/participate, call toll-free 855/556-6328, or email healthsurvey@ku.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

TechCheck
The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) offers TechCheck, a powerful but simple tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices. TechCheck can be used by employers of all types and sizes. It is completely confidential and offers companies a benchmarking snapshot of the current state of their technology, the accessibility goals they want to reach, and what steps to take to achieve those goals.