News and Notes 271 July 12

NARIC blog features information about NIDILRR community and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in observance of the anniversary month of the ADA; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and NIDILRR announce open call for symposia, scientific papers, and posters for June 2018 conference; Research in Focus looks at connection between alcohol use and SCI; Pathways RTC has developed new policy guide, Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report record 15 months of job gains for people with disabilities in their nTIDE Monthly Update; two researchers at Rehabilomics receive 2016 Mitchell Rosenthal Award for paper, Prognostic models for predicting posttraumatic seizures during acute hospitalization, and at 1 and 2 years following TBI; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Planning & Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, & eLearning; project on The Relations Among Pain, Depression, and Resilience, and Their Prediction of Life Satisfaction in Men and Women with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is recruiting individuals with traumatic SCI for study on resilience after SCI; US Census Bureau publishes collection of resources, Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26.

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July is the anniversary month for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Since the ADA's passage in 1990, the NIDILRR community has played an important role in ensuring that individuals and organizations understand their rights and responsibilities under the law, from developing tools and training to conducting research on barriers and supports to full inclusion. Visit our blog to learn more about the NIDILRR community and the ADA.

Research In Focus:
Some People with SCI May Benefit From Alcohol Counseling and Education
This week's Research In Focus looks at the connection between alcohol use and spinal cord injury (SCI) and how drinking patterns may change after injury.

Resource Highlight: 

Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (90RT5030) has developed a new policy guide, Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy. This policy guide is written for youth and young adult-led groups and organizations that want to make changes in mental health policies that affect them and other transition-age youth. The interactive guide provides an overview of the policy cycle and describes the activities that are usually accomplished in each step. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Interagency TBI Conference Call for Symposia, Scientific Papers, and Posters
The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, has announced an open call for symposia, as well as scientific papers and posters for the fourth conference scheduled for June 2018. The theme of the 2018 conference is TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy. This conference provides the opportunity for TBI professionals to share advances in research that have occurred since the 2011 conference (PDF), and to establish linkages across agencies and disciplines. Symposia proposals must be submitted by September 8th. Paper and poster proposals must be submitted by October 31st. Sign up for email updates regarding paper and poster submissions, registration, and other conference information.

News items: 

nTIDE Highlights Record 15 Months of Job Gains
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) reported job gains continued for Americans with disabilities for 15 consecutive months, extending the longest stretch of recorded gains for this population. The June National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Monthly Update and the July 7th Lunch & Learn webinar session highlighted these gains, along with a discussion of the impact of new vocational rehabilitation programs for transition-age youth.

TBI Researchers Receive Rosenthal Award
Amy Wagner, MD, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded project on Rehabilomics: Revolutionizing 21st Century Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Care and Research, received the 2016 Mitchell Rosenthal Award along with co-author Anne Ritter, DPh, for their paper Prognostic models for predicting posttraumatic seizures during acute hospitalization, and at 1 and 2 years following TBI in the journal Epilepsia. The Mitchell Rosenthal Award was established by the project directors of the NIDILRR-funded TBI Model System Centers and recognizes the best scientific paper using data from the TBI Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center. An abstract of the paper is available online free of charge. This paper was also highlighted in a recent Research In Focus article.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Planning & Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, & eLearning
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Planning & Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, & eLearning, July 20th, 2:00 to 3:30 PM, ET. The webinar will provide information on the best practices for captioning and audio description, accessibility issues with video players, and what to consider when planning a video project. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Resilience After SCI Study
The NIDILRR-funded project on The Relations Among Pain, Depression, and Resilience, and Their Prediction of Life Satisfaction in Men and Women with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (90IF0099) is recruiting individuals with traumatic SCI for a study of resilience after SCI and its relationship to pain, mood, and quality of life. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, English or Spanish speakers, have had a traumatic SCI, be at least one year post-injury, and had pain that lasted at least 6 months. Participants will complete phone interviews or online questionnaires every 4 months for a total of 12 months and will be compensated for their time. For more information or to be screened for eligibility, contact the project at 800/447-3422, ext 7571, 713/797-7571, or aime.urquieta@memorialhermann.org.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26
The US Census Bureau has published a collection of resources, Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26, which provides a demographic snapshot of the US population with disabilities and examines various services available to support full participation of people with disabilities in the community. Facts and figures are gathered from several Census Bureau surveys and census reports and cover differing periods of time. The collection includes downloadable graphics and other resources.