News and Notes 259 April 12
In observance of National Library Week, a reminder that libraries are there for people with disabilities and the researchers and professionals who support them; NIDILRR continues to seek expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition for multiple dates in April through June; Research in Focus addresses the risk for obesity and diabetes in people with serious mental illness; RTC Rural offers a collection of geography tools to help accessing data about disabilities in the rural United States; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired shares outcomes of the center's research projects on barriers and facilitators to employment for blind job seekers and those with low vision; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report a full year of job gains for Americans with disabilities in the March nTIDE Monthly Update; Langston University RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities hosts webinar, Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in Vocational Rehabiltation (VR) Practice; NIH publishes report of the May 2016 conference on Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
It's National Library Week! Libraries are there for people with disabilities and the researchers and professionals who support them, and that goes way beyond checking out books. Librarians can help patrons find accurate, reliable information about disability, whether they're a person facing a new diagnosis or a student working on a school project. National library services connect readers with disabilities to audio and digital books, Braille publications, and other assistive technologies. Local libraries offer inclusive story time and other children's programs. Public libraries are often the best place (and sometimes the only place) for job seekers with disabilities to search for jobs, fill out applications, and check their email. Some libraries even offer social services and health programs to their patrons. Special libraries like NARIC and the National Library of Medicine connect researchers and professionals to the latest literature in their fields. Stop in to your local library and see what they have to offer!
Research In Focus:
People with Serious Mental Illness May Be at Risk for Obesity and Diabetes
Diabetes and obesity can be challenging to deal with separately, and even harder to fight at the same time. This week's Research In Focus finds that people with serious mental illness may be at higher risk for experiencing these conditions together.
Geography Tools from the RTC: Rural
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) offers a collection of geography tools to help researchers and the public access data about disability in the rural United States. The collection includes the re-launched Disability Counts Data Finder, an online tool that allows users to easily access disability data for every county in the US, including Puerto Rico; a brief guide to the various definitions of rural; and a step-by-step guide to accessing disability data from the American Community Survey using the American FactFinder, for those looking for more in-depth information on disability in rural communities.
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.
RRTC Links Research to Practice in Blindness and Low Vision
The recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (90RT5011) shared outcomes of the center's research projects investigating the most common barriers and facilitators to employment for this population. The six research projects involved developing and evaluating new and existing employment interventions and practices, with the ultimate goal of improving competitive employment outcomes for individuals who are legally blind. One major output was the National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment website, launched in late 2012 as part of the project. The center also published a substantial number of products, publications, online courses, and other resources.
nTIDE Reports Milestone for Job Seekers with Disabilities
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 that Americans with disabilities reached a milestone with a full year of job gains in the March National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Monthly Update. According to authors, this is the first time nTIDE has been able to report twelve consecutive months of improvement in the proportion of people with disabilities in the workplace.
Webinar: Customized Training - an Inclusive Employment Training Option in VR Practice The NIDILRR-funded Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (90RT5024) will host a webinar, Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practice. Presenters will discuss the use of customized training (CT) models to serve people with disabilities in VR, including barriers that people with disabilities from racial and ethnic minorities and other diverse populations may experience, CT practices and programs available within VR and their benefits to employment success, and outreach efforts that support the development of inclusive and diverse CT programs. Registration is free and required.
Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a report of the May 2016 conference on Rehabilitation Research at NIH: Moving the Field Forward. The purpose of the conference was to evaluate the status of rehabilitation research across the many institutes and centers under NIH. The executive summary provides an overview of the conference and the state of the field. The NIH Research Plan on Rehabilitation discusses the plan's development and lists six priority areas for research. The summary and plan are published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and are available free in full text.