News and Notes 262 May 3

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help people with arthritis add more activity in observance of Arthritis Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month; MSKTC publishes new factsheet, Urinary Track Infection and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); Dr. Joshua Miele, team leader at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities, interviewed for the Disability Visibility Project at StoryCorps San Francisco; Transitions RTC presents webinar, Employing Young Adult Peer Support Workers: A Toolkit for Providers; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Clear and Effective Emergency Communications over Wireless Devices; RERC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments seeks employment success stories of people with visual impairments and blindness; President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, encouraging people to #MoveInMay.

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2017-05-03
NARIC news: 

May is busting at the seams with health-related observances, including Arthritis Awareness Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (see Elsewhere in the Community below). These two events pair very well together: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercise has been shown to reduce pain and fatigue and improve function and quality of life for people with arthritis. Adding 30 minutes of exercise a day can make a world of difference. You don't need to head to the gym to get those 30 minutes in: Try a brisk walk at lunch or dancing to your favorite tunes while you make dinner. Even gardening and cleaning house could count. We shared some resources from the NIDILRR community, as well as research from our collection, to help people with arthritis add more activity and #MoveInMay.

Resource Highlight: 

Urinary Tract Infection and Spinal Cord Injury
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0012) has published a new factsheet, Urinary Tract Infection and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Urinary tract infections are one of the most common medical problems after SCI. The factsheet explains urinary tract infections, how to prevent them, and how they can be treated. The factsheet is also available in Spanish (PDF).

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Interviewed for StoryCorps
Joshua Miele, PhD, a team leader at the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities (90RE5024), was interviewed for the Disability Visibility Project at StoryCorps San Francisco. Dr. Miele, who is blind, is a scientist, designer, and educator with decades of active involvement in the world of technology, accessibility, and disability. He discussed his work in making media accessible to people with low vision and blindness. He also talked about his childhood and learning to embrace and have pride in his disability identity today.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Employing Young Adult Peer Support Workers - A Toolkit for Providers
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (90RT5031) will present a webinar, Employing Young Adult Peer Support Workers: A Toolkit for Providers, May 11th, 12-1pm ET. While young adult peer support workers add great value to treatment teams, providers struggle greatly with both recruitment and retention. In this webinar, presenters discuss the factors that promote the success of these young adults. The webinar also introduces a new toolkit for employers, which organizes these factors into nine chapters, such as Effective Supervision, Organizational Culture, and Recruitment and Hiring. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Webinar: Clear and Effective Emergency Communications over Wireless Devices
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, Clear and Effective Emergency Communications over Wireless Devices, May 11th, 2:30-4pm ET. Staff from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) and others will discuss wireless emergency communication tools used and preferred by people with disabilities, accessibility of emergency communications, accessible emergency alerts for smartphones, trustworthy apps and online resources for emergency alerts, and effective alerts for members of the Deaf community. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Employment Success Stories
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (990RT5040) is seeking employment success stories that demonstrate how employment of all types is equally attainable to people who are blind or visually impaired. Candidates can be from any industry or profession, including entrepreneurs. The stories will be featured as part of the center's National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI). To nominate a success story, contact Sophie Kershaw at skershaw@colled.msstate.edu or 662/325-6695.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

#MoveInMay with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition is celebrating National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, encouraging everyone to #MoveInMay and every day. The Council's website includes several opportunities to participate in programs and activities in May and throughout the year, including the #0to60 campaign to honor the Council's 60th anniversary and the 8-week PALA+ fitness and nutrition program. Both #0to60 and PALA+ feature web tools and apps to help users achieve their healthy living goals. The Council also offers the I Can Do It, You Can Do It program, available to community organizations, to promote healthy living for people of all ages and abilities.