News and Notes 257 March 29

NARIC presents articles from NIDILRR-funded projects on improving nutrition for people with disabilities in recognition of National Nutrition Month; NIDILRR continues to seek expert peer reviewers for its research and development competition; Research in Focus explores the topic of self-employment as a promising avenue to economic independence for people with disabilities; KTDRR publishes third edition of its Knowledge Translation Casebook; research from RTC: Rural was featured in charts illustrating the divide between rural and urban America published in The Conversation; MSKTC in partnership with Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center given Bronze Telly Award for online video; principal investigator of Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center interviewed on WABC's Up Close with Diana Williams; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Looking at Institutional and Community Living Through Data; National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health hosts lecture on Pain and Opiod Management in Veterans.

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2017-03-29
NARIC news: 

As March winds down, we recognize National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Put Your Best Fork Forward." Even small changes in what and how we eat can help us on the path to a healthier life. Choose healthier options when shopping for groceries. Pick a new, healthy recipe or two to try at home. Learn how assistive technology can lend a hand in the kitchen. These are just a few examples of the small changes we all can make. More is on the horizon: See how current and recently-completed NIDILRR-funded projects are helping people with disabilities focus on better nutrition and "putting their best fork forward!"

Research In Focus:
Self-Employment May Be a Promising Avenue to Economic Independence for People with Disabilities
Should vocational rehabilitation counselors consider self-employment as an option for their clients? This week's Research In Focus explores the topic.

Resource Highlight: 

Knowledge Translation Casebook (3rd Edition)
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027) has published the third edition of its Knowledge Translation Casebook to highlight successful KT practices from the NIDILRR community. Four examples showcase how grantees used innovative, effective, and measured KT strategies to ensure the research they present is useful to their audiences. Entries describe the focus of the KT strategy, context, KT activity, impact, and lessons learned. Previous editions of the KT Casebook are also available.

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: 

Rural Research Featured in The Conversation
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) was featured in Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America in The Conversation, a site highlighting news and views from the academic and research community. The article explores factors that contribute to the differences between life in rural and urban areas. Chart 3 focuses on RTC: Rural research on geography and the prevalence of disability in rural communities.

MSKTC Hot Topic Module Video Receives Telly Award
Exercise After Burn Injury, a video created by the NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) in partnership with the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (90DP0035)  was recognized with a Bronze Telly Award for online video. The 18-minute video features three burn survivors who share their experiences beginning and maintaining an exercise routine after a burn injury. The video is part of a hot topic module that also includes additional video clips, factsheets, and slideshows.

Up Close Highlights TBI Research
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (90DP0032), was interviewed on Up Close with Diana Williams on WABC, ABC's NY affiliate, on Sunday, March 26th. Dr. Chiaravalloti discussed the basics of TBI and new research on memory and cognitive rehabilitation. She was joined by Jane Concato, a member of TBI Consumer Advisory Board, who shared her experiences with recovery from a serious brain injury. Dr. Chiaravalloti also joined host Diana Williams for a pre-taping Facebook Live chat.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Looking at Institutional and Community Living Through Data
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Looking at Institutional and Community Living Through Data: An ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC) Report, April 19th, 2-3:30pm ET. Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded ADA-PARC will present data from several sources on services for people with disabilities following the Olmstead decision that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Pain and Opioid Management in Veterans
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health will host a lecture, Pain and Opioid Management in Veterans: Evidence, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions in the Use of Collaborative and Integrated Health Approaches, April 10th, 10 am ET. Presenters will discuss current research from the Department of Veterans Affairs to test interventions to improve pain, opioid safety, and use of nonpharmacologic pain management strategies in veterans in VA primary care. The lecture will be followed by a Facebook Live Q&A session at 2pm. No registration is required to view the lecture. This lecture is part of NCCIH's Integrative Health Care and the US Military series.