News and Notes 266 May 31

NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month; Research in Focus discusses the role of augmented signs in deterring drivers from occupying parking spaces designated for lift- and ramp-equipped vehicles; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet on Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), also available in Spanish; New England ADA Regional Center debutes new resource, ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments; investigator for New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NY-TBI-MS) to receive Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities hosts webcast, Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Physical Disabilities; Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Office on Women's Health (OWH) launch new website on Oral Health.

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2017-05-31
NARIC news: 

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. PTSD is most often associated with veterans of combat, but survivors of any trauma or life-threatening events such as natural disasters, accidents, or violence can also experience PTSD. Research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere has looked at PTSD, treatments and therapies, and how PTSD can affect other disabilities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline or the nearest 211 help line can direct people with PTSD to local resources. Current and former service members can reach out to the VA for help.

Research In Focus:
Nowhere to Park Your Accessible Van?
Lift- and ramp-equipped vehicles need larger accessible spaces to park safely, but those spaces may be occupied by standard vehicles with accessible permits. Augmented signs might deter drivers from occupying spaces designated for lift- and ramp-equipped vehicles, this week's Research In Focus shows.

Resource Highlight: 

Autonomic Dysreflexia Factsheet
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (990DP0082) has published a factsheet, Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD). AD can happen when a person with spinal cord injury (SCI) experiences pain or discomfort below the level of their injury, causing autonomic responses from the nervous system like increased heart rate or body temperature. The injury may block the body's response to return to resting function, creating a potentially life-threatening medical condition. The factsheet describes AD and discusses who is at risk, triggers and symptoms of AD, treatment and prevention options, and more. This factsheet is also available in Spanish (PDF).

ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments
The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center (90DP0087) has debuted a new resource, ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments. The new guide is designed to help state and local governments understand and comply with obligations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under Title II, state and local governments are required to provide people with disabilities equal opportunities to participate in all services, programs, and activities. Sample documents for public notices, grievance procedures, and transition and action plans are available in PDF, Microsoft Word, and plain text.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Cantor Award
Kristen Dams-O'Connor, PhD, co-principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NY-TBI-MS) (90DP0038), will receive the 2017 Dr. Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Cantor Award recognizes outstanding research that is judged to be a significant contribution to the field of brain injury rehabilitation. Dr. Dams-O'Connor will receive the award at the 2017 ACRM Conference.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Physical Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (90RT5035) will host a webcast, Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Physical Disabilities, June 8th, 2-2:45pm ET. This webcast will cover what vocational rehabilitation can offer individuals with physical disabilities and how best to obtain positive results. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

New Database Highlights Community-Based Oral Health Programs
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office on Women's Health (OWH) debuted a new website on Oral Health. The website features a searchable database of nearly 200 community-based oral health programs for a wide range of consumers, including people with physical disabilities, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and older adults. The website also includes The Community Guide to Adult Oral Health Program Implementation, a comprehensive resource which leads organizations step by step through the program development process, from assessing community need for such services to ultimately evaluating an established program’s effectiveness—and everything in-between.