News and Notes 258 April 5

NARIC looks at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help occupational therapists support their clients in observance of Occupational Therapy Month; NIDILRR seeks peer reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition for dates in April, May, and June; Research in Focus looks at research on how people with different levels of SCI experience pain; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities publishes How to Bounce Back, part of its Aging Well with a Disability Factsheet Series; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and Spaulding's Burn and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers promote SCI awareness at Harvard-Kent Elementary School Health Fair; Capti Voice developed by Charmtech Labs, LLC receives 2017 Cool Tool Award for Special Needs Solutions from Ed Tech Digest; principal investigator for RERC on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities receives award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement holds monthly webinar series, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR) debuts its official podcast, RehabCast, featuring interviews with scientists publishing in the journal.

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2017-04-05
NARIC news: 

April is Occupational Therapy Month and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is celebrating 100 years of OT! OT practitioners help people manage their health to be as active and independent as possible. OTs can support the wellness goals of people with disabilities in many ways, such as teaching stress management, developing occupation-based wellness activities, and helping them cultivate a healthy relationship with food. AOTA shares healthy activity topics in the Living Life to the Fullest podcast. We also looked at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help OTs support their clients on the path to healthy eating.

Research In Focus:
People with SCI Who Are More Mobile May Experience Less Pain
This week's Research In Focus looks at new research on how people with different levels of spinal cord injury (SCI) experience pain.

Resource Highlight: 

Aging with a Disability Factsheet: How to Bounce Back
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (90RT5023) has published, How to Bounce Back, the latest in the Aging Well with a Disability Factsheet Series. The factsheet focuses on how to build resilience, or the ability to bounce back and keep going after a stressful experience. Sections offer information and resources on how people cope with disability as they age, what makes one resilient, and how to build up resilience.

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: 

SNERSCIC Model System Center Promotes SCI Awareness
Researchers and clinicians from the NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) (90SI5021), one of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Centers, participated in the Harvard-Kent Elementary School Health Fair in Charlestown, MA along with Spaulding’s Burn and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers (90DP0039). The SNERSCIC team educated children about the functional anatomy of the vertebral column by building models of the spine using edible items for the spinal cord, vertebrae, discs, and spinal nerves. Children also learned about ways to avoid spinal cord injuries in their daily activities. Spaulding’s SCI, Burn, and TBI Model System Centers have participated in the event for the past five years.

Capti Voice Wins Cool Tool Award
Capti Voice, technology developed by Charmtech Labs, LLC under several NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research grants, received the 2017 Cool Tool Award for Special Needs Solutions from Ed Tech Digest. Capti Voice is a universally accessible literacy platform that supports readers with diverse needs. Capti Voice makes eBooks, documents, and webpages available in a personal audio book library where users can listen on the go or at leisure, switch between devices, and continue from where one left off. While attractive for consumers with and without visual disabilities, Capti Voice is also being adopted by schools worldwide as a resource for language learning and for providing alternative formats for students with reading difficulties.

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Coulter Award
James Rimmer, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (90RT5009) and the project on Dose-Response Effects of Transformative Exercise in Improving Health and Function in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Sclerosis (90DP0059), has received the 2017 John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. As part of the award, Dr. Rimmer will present a lecture, Pathway from Acute Rehabilitation to Lifelong Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities, at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in October.

Grantee event: 

nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (90RT5037) hosts a monthly webinar series, National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn, with the next episode airing April 7th, 12-1pm ET. This episode includes a review of the March nTIDE Jobs Report Release, announcements from the field of disability employment, and a discussion of employment of people with disabilities in an evolving policy environment. The webinar will also include an open question and answer period. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

APMR Debuts RehabCast
RehabCast is the official podcast of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR), the journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. The free podcast series features in-depth interviews with scientists publishing in the journal, spotlighting cutting edge research in disability and rehabilitation, as well as news and other items of interest to the community. The first episode celebrates the history of occupational therapy and explores advances in Parkinson's disease treatment and rehabilitation. The podcast is available free of charge through iTunes and the APMR website.