News and Notes 267 June 7
NARIC highlights research and resources on aphasia from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent blog post, in observance of National Aphasia Awareness Month; Administration for Community Living published its Public Access Plan, which makes available to the public peer-reviewed publications and scientific data from research funded by ACL/NIDILRR; TU Collaborative publishes a Country Mental Health Administrators' Toolkit for Promoting Community Inclusion; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC reports employment gains of people with disability for 14 consecutive months in the nTIDE Monthly Update; three investigators from NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Centers to receive awards during the 2017 Annual Assembly of the AAPM&R; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center presents webinar, Accessible Tourism - Good Economic Strategy; Pathways RTC hosts webinar, Increasing Providers' Skills for Working with Youth: Exploring the Effectiveness of Online 'Remote' Training; Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment in Microenterprise seeks participants for online survey on self-employment and small business ownership by individuals with psychiatric disability; Administration for Community Living's National Limb Loss Resource Center hosts webinar, The Transportation Security Administration Presents -- Traveling with Limb Loss.
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month sponsored by the National Aphasia Association. Aphasia is a communication disorder caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls language and is commonly associated with stroke or brain injury. Aphasia doesn't affect a person's intelligence, but it can impact how they communicate their ideas, wants, and needs. Aphasia can range from mild to severe. With the help of a trained professional, people with aphasia may regain some of their abilities and will also learn to use communication aids, such as these listed in the AbleData database, to express themselves. We highlighted research and resources on aphasia from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent blog post.
County Mental Health Administrators' Toolkit for Promoting Community Inclusion
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (90RT5021) has published a County Mental Health Administrators' Toolkit for Promoting Community Inclusion. The toolkit outlines the key functions of county mental health executives and ways in which each of these functions can be used to broaden the understanding, implementation, evaluation, and funding of community inclusion initiatives in local settings. The toolkit draws on the experiences of county mental health decision makers from across the country and includes an appendix with additional resources, checklists, and references.
Updated ACL Public Access Plan Available
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) published its Public Access Plan in February 2016. The purpose is to make available to the public peer-reviewed publications and scientific data arising from research funded in whole or part by ACL/NIDILRR, to the extent feasible and permitted by law and available resources. ACL has updated its Public Access Plan to include public access to scientific data component, and will begin implementing the new component October 1, 2017. Download or view the ACL Public Access Plan in PDF. View the HTML version under Published Guidance/National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research "Public Access Plan."
nTIDE Reports Employment Gains for 14 Consecutive Months
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5071) reported that 14 consecutive months constitutes the longest stretch of recorded gains for working-age people with disabilities in the May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Monthly Update. According to Principal Investigator John O’Neill, PhD, the duration of this upward trend shows that people with disabilities are continuing to move toward pre-Great Recession employment levels and once again the improvements in these economic indicators outpace those seen for people without disabilities.
NIDILRR Researchers Receive AAPM&R Awards
Three investigators from NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Centers will receive awards during the 2017 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). Kathleen Bell, MD, from the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center (90DP0036), will receive the Frank H. Krusen, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award. Flora Hammond, MD, principal investigator for the Brain Research in Aggression and Irritability Network (BRAIN): Building Evidence-Based Approaches to Managing Traumatic Brain Injury (90DP0031), will receive the Distinguished Member Award. Cheri Blauwet, MD, from the Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (90SI5021), will receive the Distinguished Public Service Award. These awards recognize physiatrists, clinicians, and researchers who have made significant contributions to both the specialty and to people with disabilities.
Webinar: Accessible Tourism - Good Economic Strategy
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will present a webinar, Accessible Tourism - Good Economic Strategy, June 13th, 12:30-1pm ET. This session will focus on the economic advantage of marketing accessible tourism and recreation opportunities to the growing population of travelers and tourists with disabilities. Registration is free and required.
Webinar: Increasing Providers' Skills for Working with Youth - Exploring the Effectiveness of Online Remote Training
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Increasing Providers' Skills for Working with Youth: Exploring the Effectiveness of Online 'Remote' Training, June 20th, 2-3 pm ET. The webinar will focus on the successful use of a cost-effective method for providing high quality training via the Internet, using video-recorded observations. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Self-Employment and Mental Health Survey
The NIDILRR-funded fellowship on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment in Microenterprise (90SF0020) is conducting an online survey to learn more about self-employment and small business ownership by individuals who identify as having a psychiatric history or disability. The study is open to all US self-employed adults who have experienced mental health problems. The results of this study will expand employment options for those who aspire to work for themselves, and improve sustainability and growth opportunities for existing enterprises. The survey is limited to one entry per respondent and one respondent per week will win a $25 Visa check card until July 5th.
Webinar: The TSA Presents - Traveling with Limb Loss
The Administration for Community Living's National Limb Loss Resource Center will host a webinar, The Transportation Security Administration Presents--Traveling with Limb Loss, June 14th, 1-2pm ET. The webinar will feature representatives from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discussing issues that individuals with prosthetics or mobility devices may experience when going through airport security; and will present information on airport screening processes, what to expect, and how to best prepare. The webinar will include an opportunity to ask questions via online chat. Registration is free and required.