News and Notes 280 September 13

NARIC presents resources for getting involved in community-level emergency preparedness in observance of National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA); the Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsered by NIDILRR, continues open call for symposia, papers, and posters for its June 2018 conference, TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy; Research in Focus looks at how people with TBI use the Internet and social media for information and support; LiveWell RERC publishes research brief, Link Checkers and Basic Accessibility Testers for Websites; RTC: Rural launches social media campaign as part of #MapMonday, highlighting findings from the Geography of Disability Project; Pathways RTC to present webinar, Mental Health Needs and Service Use Among Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) to host State of the Science Update, sharing results of two ENACT clinical trials, Work It employment and BOOST exercise studies; National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posts Living with Low Vision, a five-part, two-minute video series available in English and Spanish.

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2017-09-13
NARIC news: 

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This week's theme is Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community. With recent events like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Katia, an earthquake in Mexico, and wildfires in the western US, people may want to know how they can help their community get ready for potential disaster. Everyone can take a role in community preparedness, starting with making sure you and your family are prepared. You can also get involved in disaster planning in your community, map and plan for your neighborhood, and take courses on community emergency response and first aid. We gathered some resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that you can use to get involved in emergency preparedness in your community, from personal planning to interacting with people with disabilities as a volunteer or responder. Stay safe!

Research In Focus:
The Internet and Social Media May Offer Valuable Support and Information for People with TBI
This week's Research In Focus looks at how people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) use the Internet and social media to find information and support, and some of the challenges they may face in getting online.

Resource Highlight: 

Research Brief: Link Checkers and Basic Accessibility Checkers for Websites
The NIDILRR-funded Information and Communication Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) (90RE5023) has published a research brief, Link Checkers and Basic Accessibility Testers for Websites (PDF). The brief reviews some online resources to check the efficiency and ease-of-use of websites, including checking for broken links and missing alternative text for visual media. The brief includes broad information on services offered and how these tools can also be used as a basic website accessibility test.

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 deadline to submit symposium proposals has been extended to October 13th. Paper and poster proposals must be submitted by October 31st. 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. Sign up for email updates regarding paper and poster submissions, registration, and other conference information.

News items: 

RTC: Rural Highlights the Geography of Disability with #MapMonday
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) has launched a social media campaign highlighting findings from the Geography of Disability Project as part of #MapMonday. The hashtag #MapMonday is used by cartographers, geographers, and other map scholars and enthusiasts to share their work or items of interest on social media. Every Monday, the RTC: Rural shares products from its Geography of Disability Project on its Facebook and Twitter feeds, bringing attention to data on disability in the US.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Mental Health Needs and Service Use Among Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will present a webinar, Mental Health Needs and Service Use Among Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness, September 19th, 1-2pm ET. This webinar presents data from the Homeless Youth Risk and Resilience Survey, a new national survey of homeless young adults (age 18-26) gathered through drop-in centers and shelters in seven cities across the country. The webinar will include data from the study and the voices of youth who participated to provide more information about the intersection of homelessness and mental health problems. Presenters will also describe the implications for programs providing mental health services for adolescents and young adults. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Arthritis State of the Science Update
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (90RT5009) will host a State of the Science Update, September 21st, 11:30am-1pm ET. The presentation will be offered as a webinar and an in-person presentation at Boston University. Presenters will share results of two ENACT clinical trials: the Work It employment study and the BOOST exercise study. The Work It study examined the impact of a novel arthritis work retention intervention. The BOOST exercise study tested the effect of a telephone-based intervention to promote adherence to exercise in a sample of adults with osteoarthritis. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Living with Low Vision
The National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted Living with Low Vision, a five-part video series featuring people with low vision and vision professionals. Videos cover how low vision is diagnosed, technologies and modifications people can make to support independence, and reaching out to the community and to family for support. Each video is less than two minutes long. The series is available in English and Spanish.