News and Notes 277 August 23

Following Monday's solar eclipse, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded projects supporting young people with disabilities and emerging researchers in STEM disciplines in its recent blog post; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues open call for symposia, scientific papers, and posters for June 2018 conference, TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy; Research in Focus discusses how mobile health apps can be improved with input from users with physical disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairment publishes report, Characteristics and Experiences of Youth who are Deaf-Blind; AbleData project publishes Using assistive technology in the workplace, a guest article for the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Blog; two researchers from Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers to receive career recognition awards from the Brain Injury Association of America; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webinar, Defining the Employment Research Agenda; project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial and RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities host webcast, Meaningful Writing: Capturing Strengths and Ideal Conditions of Employment; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine publish report, Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults.

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2017-08-23
NARIC news: 

Did you experience the total eclipse on Monday? Even if you weren't in the Path of Totality, you probably heard and read many news stories featuring astronomers, physicists, biologists, and other scientists discussing how to safely observe the sun, how they planned to study the eclipse, and what they hoped to learn about solar radiation, animal and insect behavior, and more. Scientists even built an app so people with visual impairments could experience the eclipse! We hope the event inspired young people with disabilities to consider a career in science. We highlighted some NIDILRR-funded projects supporting young people with disabilities and emerging researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with material from our collection, in a recent blog post.

Research In Focus:
Mobile Health Systems May Benefit People with Physical Disabilities, But Some People May Have Challenges Using Them
Mobile health apps can be improved with input from users with physical disabilities, this week's Research In Focus finds.

Resource Highlight: 

Characteristics and Experiences of Youth who are Deaf-Blind
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment (90RT5040) has published a report, Characteristics and Experiences of Youth who are Deaf-Blind. The report explores data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) and provides a detailed picture of youth who are deaf-blind and who received special education services in schools across the US from 2001-2009. NLTS2 is unique in that it delivers more in-depth information about youth who are deaf-blind from multiple perspectives, including parents/guardians, youth, and teachers. This report is the first overview of the secondary and post-secondary school experiences of this population.

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, continues its 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: 

Ticket To Work Blog Highlights AT in the Workplace
The NIDILRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) has published Using assistive technology in the workplace, a guest article for the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Blog. The article covers examples of assistive technology (AT) in office settings as well as non-office settings, such as farms and workshops, and offers tips for obtaining workplace AT.

NIDILRR Researchers to Receive BIAA Awards
Two researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) Centers will receive career recognition awards from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). Tessa Hart, PhD, principal investigator for the Moss TBI Model System Center (90DP0037) will receive the 2017 William Fields Caveness Award. The award is given to an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of people who have sustained brain injury. Alan Weintraub, MD, medical director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Model System Center (90DP0034), will receive the 2017 Sheldon Berrol, MD, Clinical Service Award, in recognition of an individual who, through a long service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of care, professional training, or education in the field of brain injury. The awards will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in October 2017.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Defining the Employment Research Agenda
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) (90RT5028) will host a webinar, Defining the Employment Research Agenda, August 29th, 3-3:44pm ET. This ThinkWork 44 webinar kicks off a series of online discussions on the state of the science (SoS) in employment for people with IDD. Presenters will share research findings behind the SoS initiative and provide information on activities participants can get involved in to make their opinions and experiences heard. Registration is free and required. The full schedule of SoS webinars is available online.

Webcast: Meaningful Writing - Capturing Strengths and Ideal Conditions of Employment
The NIDILRR-funded project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial (90RT5035) and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (90DP0085) will host a webcast, Meaningful Writing: Capturing Strengths and Ideal Conditions of Employment, August 24th, 2-2:45pm ET. This webcast will provide information to vocational rehabilitation professionals on how to maximize written reports to communicate the strengths, capacities, abilities, and preferences of the people they support. Presenters will discuss how to improve writing skills, decrease stereotypes, and use words to create pictures, with the goal that the reader will gain a better understanding of the job seeker. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have published a report, Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults, proceedings of a recent workshop which explored the role of housing as a social determinant of health for older adults and people with disabilities, particularly among people of color and low-income groups. Accessible and affordable housing can enable community living, maximize independence, and promote health for vulnerable populations. However, the United States faces a shortage of affordable and accessible housing for low-income older adults and individuals living with disabilities. This shortage is expected to grow over the coming years given the population shifts leading to greater numbers of older adults and of individuals living with disabilities. The report is available free in full text.