News and Notes 273 July 26

NARIC, participant in annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), explores research on independent living in recent blog post In the Stacks; Research in Focus looks at guided career planning programs for young adults with mental health challenges; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities publishes two research briefs on findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey of 2012-2013; project on Improving Outcomes Using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing featured on WKRC Cincinnati; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Emergencies: How to Prepare for Them and What to Do Afterwards; Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center seeks participants for survey on the quality of spasticity following SCI; National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center seeks applications for the DeVivo Mentored Research Award; National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress debuts new website and four pilot programs.

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2017-07-26
NARIC news: 

This week we will join our colleagues from AbleData and the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) at the annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)! This conference draws a huge crowd including advocates and self-advocates, counselors and health professionals, educators, and administrators, as well as researchers and policy makers, all of whom are shaping the future of independent living (IL). We explored research on IL from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in a recent blog post, In the Stacks, looking at how some watershed moments may have changed the discussion. If you'll be at NCIL, please stop by our tables (NARIC/AbleData at Table 3 and MSKTC at Table 19) in the exhibit hall on Wednesday or Thursday to say hi!

Research In Focus:
A Guided Career Planning Program May Help Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges Achieve Their Goals
For young adults with mental health challenges, the right career planning program may help put them on the path to achieving their life goals, this week's Research In Focus finds.

Resource Highlight: 

New Research Briefs from the RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with IDD
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) (90RT5025) has published two new research briefs on findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey of 2012-2013. How is Guardianship Status Related to Employment Status for People with IDD? explores whether having a legal guardian can impact the paid employment of people with IDD. What is the Relationship Between Gender and Employment Status for Individuals with IDD? describes some of the demographic differences among people with IDD who responded to the survey.

News items: 

AAC Study Highlighted on WKRC
The NIDILRR-funded project on Improving Outcomes Using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (90IF0122) was featured in Giving children a voice: Children's Hospital enrolling for language intervention study on WKRC Cincinnati. Principal Investigator Jareen Meinzen-Derr, PhD, described the study and how the children who participated in the program have improved in language, comprehension, and social skills. The video includes demonstration of the AAC technology in action.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! Emergencies: How to Prepare for Them and What to Do Afterwards
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host a webcast, Emergencies: How to Prepare for Them and What to Do Afterwards, August 2nd, 1-1:30pm ET, the latest episode in the ADA Live! series. Presenters will discuss what anyone should do in an emergency, and specifically what people with disabilities should do before, during, and after an emergency. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

Qualities of Spasticity Survey
The NIDILRR-funded Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (SR-SCIMS) (90SI5016) is conducting a survey of spasticity following SCI to understand how the qualities of spasticity influence the way it affects the daily lives of people with SCI. The survey asks participants about their injury, qualities of their spasticity, and what things make spasticity better or worse. The survey is open to any person with SCI, with no limitations to age, gender, or ethnic group. For more information, contact Cathy Furbish, cathy_furbish@shepherd.org or 404/350-7591.

DeVivo Mentored Research Award Open for Applications
The NIDILRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) (90DP0083) is seeking applications for the DeVivo Mentored Research Award (PDF). This award is sponsored and administered by NSCISC as a 1-year $3,000 research award for trainees who are interested in conducting a research project using data from the Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) National Database. Applicants and mentors do not need to be affiliated with a NIDILRR project but must show substantial knowledge and understanding of the database. Application deadline is September 15, 2017.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NLS Debuts New Website and Pilot Programs
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress recently debuted their new website - a gateway to the network of library services for people who are blind, have low vision, or have physical disabilities. The new website has been designed for users with and without visual disabilities, and includes tools to adjust the layout for a range of visual needs. In a recent blog post, NLS Director Karen Keninger also detailed four new programs currently being piloted at NLS network libraries: duplication on demand, wireless download, synthetic speech, and Braille e-readers.