News and Notes 268 June 14

NARIC's blog features information on dementia and Alzheimer's disease from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month; NIDILRR program Administration for Community Living debuts a redesigned and reorganized website at ACL.gov; Research in Focus shows that relationships with employers may have benefits for vocational rehab agencies and their clients; Wireless RERC publishes factsheet, Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access; principal investigator for New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center to receive the 2017 Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication hosts Doctoral Student Research Think Tank in AAC at Penn State; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities hosts webinar on Effective Rural Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Job Development; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center hosts event, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) for people with SCI; Accessible Environmental Information Application for Individuals with Visual Impairments conducts survey of individuals with visual impairments about user needs and challenges for development of iOS-based indoor environment wayfinding app; Administration for Community Living (ACL) releases Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Independent Living Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

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2017-06-14
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June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. According to the World Health Organization, over 47 million people have dementia around the world and there are over 7 million new diagnoses every year. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and may contribute to 60-70% of cases. Statistics from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America estimate that over 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer's Disease and that number is rising in line with the aging population, including among people with other disabilities. Learn more about dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, along with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, in our blog.

Research In Focus:
Employers Who Have Relationships with Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies May Be More Likely to Hire People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
This week's Research In Focus shows that building relationships with employers may have benefits for vocational rehabilitation agencies and their clients.

Resource Highlight: 

Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts Access
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) has published a factsheet, Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access. This factsheet provides a description of some smartphone apps that can be used to enhance WEA access. The factsheet explains different apps, their features, and how to use them to better understand WEA messages and aid in responding to the WEA messages appropriately. Links for each app are included.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR at the new ACL.gov
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recently debuted a redesigned and reorganized website at ACL.gov. The new site is organized under major headings: About Community Living, Aging and Disability in America, Programs, Grants, Newsroom, and About ACL. Information about NIDILRR and its programs can be found under About NIDILRR in the About ACL section and Research and Development in the Programs section. You can also search keyword NIDILRR from the search blank at the top of any ACL.gov page.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives Rosenthal 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 Mitchell Rosenthal Mid-Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Rosenthal Award is given to leaders in rehabilitation science who are 6 to 15 years after completion of training and making significant contributions to the field through their current brain injury rehabilitation research. Dr. Dams-O'Connor will receive the award at the 2017 ACRM Conference.

RERC Hosts Think Tank on AAC
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC) (90RE5017) recently hosted a Doctoral Student Research Think Tank in AAC at Penn State University. The event, which was highlighted in Think tank supports augmentative and alternative communication research in the Penn State News, brought together doctoral students from across the country to meet researchers in the field, network with other doctoral students, and build research connections to advance the broader understanding of AAC.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: State of the Science Seminar - Effective Rural Vocational Rehabilitation Job Development
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) will host a webinar, State of the Science Seminar: Effective Rural Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Job Development, June 22nd, 12-1:30pm, ET. The webinar will feature a review of current research from the RTC: Rural, followed by reactions and perspectives from a panel of experts that includes VR directors, field staff, and researchers. Registration is free and required.

Knowledge in Motion Series: Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) for People with SCI
The NIDILRR-funded Spaulding Hospital - New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) (90SI5021) will host an event, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) for People with SCI, June 22nd, 6:30-8pm ET, part of the Knowledge in Motion Series. Presenters will discuss the many types of CIH options that are potentially helpful for people with SCI, previous and current clinical trials involving CIH and people with SCI, how to critically evaluate the potential usefulness of CIH for each person's situations, and how to approach medical providers if one is interested in trying CIH. The presentations will be followed by live chat. Registration is required. Webcast participation is free; in-person attendance requires a small fee.

Participate: 

Wayfinding App Survey
The NIDILRR-funded project on Accessible Environmental Information Application for Individuals with Visual Impairments (90BISB0003) is conducting a survey of individuals with visual impairments to gather information about challenges, barriers, technology, access to information, and general user needs for independently navigating indoor facilities. The data gathered will be used in the development of an iOS-based app for wayfinding inside large environments, such as airports, malls, arenas, hotels, etc. Visit the project website for more information and survey qualifications.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

New FAQ on Independent Living Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Independent Living Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities (PDF). The Youth Services FAQ answers questions regarding new core services added to the missions of centers of independent living included in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). These new core services include the transition of youth and young adults with disabilities to postsecondary life after they are no longer receiving a secondary education.