News and Notes 283 October 4

NARIC's diverse workplace team shares research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the theme of which is "Inclusion Drives Innovation"; Research in Focus looks at coaching program that helps youth with emotional or behavioral disorders to become more engaged in their treatment planning; University of Alabama Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center releases video, Professional Insights into Managing Pregnancy After SCI; work of former KTDRR and KTER director John Westbrook, PhD is posthumously recognized with inaugural John Westbrook Prize created by the Campbell Collaboration; TechSAge RERC is featured on recent episode of Connect web series produced by Fulton County (GA) Government Television; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, How Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST) Are Being Implemented in Three States; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health hosts webinar, Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH Programs; Wireless RERC seeks participants for its updated Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technologies; National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health publishes Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia in latest issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals.

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2017-10-04
NARIC news: 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) declared this year's theme as "Inclusion Drives Innovation," noting that hiring employees with diverse abilities brings in different perspectives in problem-solving situations, leading to better solutions. Inclusion strengthens business, increases competition, and drives innovation. NARIC has a diverse team, representing multiple abilities and disabilities; racial, ethnic, and language groups; and levels of experience and education. Each person brings their unique skills to the task of supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and in the community. We shared research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help job seekers, employers, and counselors build inclusive workplaces in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
Brief Coaching Can Help Youth Receiving Wraparound Services Become More Engaged in Their Treatment Planning
This week's Research In Focus looks at a coaching program that encourages young people with emotional or behavioral disorders to be active members of their own care teams.

Resource Highlight: 

Professional Insights into Managing Pregnancy After SCI
The NIDILRR-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham Model Spinal Cord Injury System of Care (UAB SCIMS) (90SI5019) has released a video, Professional Insights into Managing Pregnancy After SCI. The video offers a guide for healthcare professionals who encounter women with SCI who may have concerns about having a safe and successful pregnancy. The video features UAB SCIMS experts in the fields of physiatry, nursing, and occupational therapy, with special focus on secondary conditions. It also features one woman with SCI and her obstetrician, who did not have previous experience or training in supporting women with SCI who are pregnant, and how they successfully managed her journey through two pregnancies.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Honored by the Campbell Collaboration
The work of John Westbrook, PhD, former director of the NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DP0027) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0009), is being posthumously recognized with the inaugural John Westbrook Prize, created by the Campbell Collaboration to recognize outstanding contributions to KT, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence. The prize exemplifies Dr. Westbrook's commitment to the field of KT. Through more than 30 years of NIDILRR-funded KT research, he encouraged researchers and professionals in disability and rehabilitation to explore and understand the value of systematic reviews, utilize review findings, and participate in the systematic review development process. Dr. Westbrook passed away in December 2016. Future prize winners will receive up to $1,000 toward the costs of attending the annual Campbell international conference, at which they will give a lecture on a subject to be agreed with the chairs of the John Westbrook Prize nomination committee.

TechSAge RERC Research Featured by Connect
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology to Support Successful Aging with Disability (TechSAge RERC) (90RE5016) was featured on a recent episode of Connect, a web series produced by Fulton County (GA) Government Television. The episode focused on social isolation among seniors and research in technology to counter isolation and support healthy aging. Project Coordinator Elena Gonzalez discussed research in telewellness technologies and the ALIGN project, which focuses on identifying barriers to mobility in the community.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: How FAST Teams Are Being Implemented in Three States
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, How Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST) Are Being Implemented in Three States, October 12th, 2:30-4pm ET. When people are displaced from their homes during a disaster and find it necessary to stay in a community shelter, community officials, responders, and shelter managers should be prepared to provide service and reasonable accommodations to all shelter residents, including those with access and functional needs. A FAST can help people get what they need to safely stay in a community shelter and assist them to return home as soon as possible. This webinar will cover FAST as one possible resource in whole community planning and response, including experience from FAST implementation in California, Wisconsin, and Washington. Registration is free and required.

Webinar: Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH Programs
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (90RT5020) will host a webinar, Promoting Health and Leadership in Project SEARCH Programs, October 12th, 2-3pm ET. For people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), maintaining health and wellness is essential to achieving and maintaining independence, participating in society, and preventing the onset of secondary health conditions. Yet, people with I/DD experience poorer health than the general population and alarmingly higher rates of obesity and related conditions. HealthMessages is an evidence-based, 12-week health promotion program which uses peer-to-peer facilitation to learn about physical activity and hydration; as well as setting goals and making healthy choices and lifestyle changes. The webinar will provide a summary of a recent project that piloted the HealthMessages curriculum with Project SEARCH students with I/DD, including lessons learned from the project. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Survey of User Needs for Wireless Technologies
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) announced the launch of its updated Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technologies. The SUN is the Wireless RERC's cornerstone survey on wireless technology use by people with disabilities first launched in 2001 and updated periodically in response to changes in technology. In addition to questions about cell phone and tablet use, the current survey collects information about wearables, smart home technologies, and other next-generation wirelessly-connected devices. The survey is open to all users and all disability types. User responses will help designers and engineers make new wireless devices and services for people with disabilities. Data from the SUN also provides important information to the wireless industry, government regulators, and other researchers to help them make wireless technology more accessible and more useful to people with all types of disabilities.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health recently covered Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia in the latest issue of the NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that involves widespread pain, tenderness, fatigue, and other symptoms. It can interfere with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. The issue introduced research on complementary mind and body approaches for fibromyalgia, such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture. The issue also included links to clinical guidelines, systematic reviews and trials, and information for clinicians to share with their patients with fibromyalgia.