News and Notes 261 April 26

NARIC offers information in observance of Autism Awareness Month in its Labrarian's Picks for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and in a list of current and completed NIDILRR-funded projects on ASD; Research in Focus features a rehabilitation program that may help workers with burn injuries return to work; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) releases the latest in the SCI Forum Video series, General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injuries; online curriculum DirectCourse, developed in partnership with RRTC on Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL), receives Committee's Choice award at the University of Minnesotas's 2017 Innovation Awards; co-investigator on Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies appointed to WHO GREAT Summit organizing committee; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar, Accessible Fitness Facilities and Exercise Equipment, featuring presenters from RRTC on Interactive Exercises Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities; Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Center presents conference, From Injury to Intimacy: Embracing Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) publishes article, Autism Awareness Month: Genes and Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), part of Director's Messages blog series.

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2017-04-26
NARIC news: 

April is Autism Awareness Month! Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability. "Spectrum" means it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Individuals with ASD may have delays in language learning, difficulty with social interactions, difficulty with executive functioning, narrow or intense interests, or sensory sensitivities. Support is available to help people on the ASD spectrum and their families, too, from early intervention to education to employment supports and independent living services. Where can you find these services? Start with the organizations and agencies listed in our Librarian's Picks for ASD, Children with Special Needs, Education, Employment, and Independent Living. We also recommend exploring current and completed NIDILRR-funded projects focusing on ASD.

Research In Focus:
A Coordinated Rehabilitation Program May Help Workers with Burn Injuries Return to Work
Workers with job-related burn injuries can face challenges returning to the workplace. This week's Research In Focus looks at a program that coordinates outpatient rehabilitation, vocational counseling, and employer supports so employees with burn injuries can safely get back to work.

Resource Highlight: 

General Medical Concerns for People with SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (90SI5006) has released General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injuries, the latest in the SCI Forum Video series. An internal medicine physician with expertise in primary care for individuals with SCI discussed what type of healthcare provider to see for different health concerns, what to expect from a primary care team, what should be considered routine care and testing, and what to know about the accessibility of medical facilities and the rights of patients living with disabilities.

News items: 

DirectCourse Wins Innovation Award
DirectCourse, an online curriculum developed and managed in partnership with the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (90RT5019), received a Committee's Choice Award at the University of Minnesota's 2017 Innovation Awards, recognizing a research team that has developed a successful innovation and brought it to the market. DirectCourse provides reliable, standardized training to professionals who support individuals with disabilities to lead meaningful lives within their community through employment services, personal assistance and caregiving, and recovery and independent living services. During last year, DirectCourse provided more than 6 million hours of training to over 500,000 learners in 41 states and abroad. RTC/CL Director Amy Hewitt, PhD, describes the program in a brief video.

NIDILRR Researcher Appointed to WHO Committee
Marcia Scherer, PhD, co-investigator of the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (H133A090004), has been appointed to the six-member Organizing Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit, to be held in August 2017. The Summit will bring together 150 top global researchers, innovators, and educators who are carrying out research or offering training programs related to assistive technology policy, products, personnel, provision, and use. Dr. Scherer is also a member of the research team on the NIDILRR-funded Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment (H133A130066).

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessible Fitness Facilities and Exercise Equipment
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accessible Fitness Facilities and Exercise Equipment, May 4th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercises Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (90RE5009) and the US Access Board will discuss requirements and standards for exercise equipment and other features and amenities of health clubs and fitness facilities. Presenters will also review Universal Design/Inclusive Fitness Equipment Standards and discuss the work of the RESNA Standards Committee on Inclusive Fitness. Registration is free and required.

From Injury to Intimacy: Embracing Sexuality After SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Center (90SI1517) will present a conference, From Injury to Intimacy: Embracing Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), May 12th and 13th, at the Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine in New York City. This conference will address the void in education available on sexuality and intimacy for people with SCI. This consumer conference is open to people with SCI and related physical disabilities and their partners. Registration is required and there is a registration fee of $20. Video from a previous conference geared toward healthcare professionals is also available. These conferences are supported by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Genes and Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health has published an article, Autism Awareness Month: Genes and Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), part of the Director's Messages blog series. The article explains recent findings about genetics and ASD, early neural development, and current research efforts at NIH on the causes of ASD, including the National Database for Autism Research, and the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange.