News and Notes 284 October 11

NARIC offers abstracts of articles from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, as well as its recent blog post on physical therapy (PT), in observance of National Physical Therapy Month and the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) campaign on raising awareness of PT as an alternative to opioids in the treatment of chronic pain; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues open call for symposia, scientific papers, and posters for its June 2018 conference; Research in Focus looks at key elements for successful transition from sheltered to integrated services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults releases new research brief, Performance Management for State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies Serving Transition-Aged Youth; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing gains for job seekers with disabilities in October nTIDE report; project on Improving Outcomes Using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is featured in The Hearing Review; Pathways RTC presents webinar, The Development and Validation of an Assessment of Youth/Young Adult Voice in Agency-Level Advising and Decision Making; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host The Accessibility Innovations Expo, featuring technologies designed to advance accessibility for people with disabilities.

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2017-10-11
NARIC news: 

October is National Physical Therapy Month and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has focused this year's campaign on raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative for opioids for the long-term treatment of chronic pain. As we discussed in a recent blog post on pain management, medications play an important role in pain management, but too often they may be used as the sole approach when other protocols could be more effective and/or result in fewer side effects. Physical therapy may offer one non-opioid option. In addition, physical therapists can educate their patients about pain management, including setting realistic expectations for recovery with or without opioids. If you are interested in research on physical therapy and pain management, check out abstracts of articles from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere (including international research) available from the NARIC collection, as well as our recent blog post on how PT helps you get back on track.

Research In Focus:
With Clear Goals and a Holistic Approach, Organizations Can Move from Sheltered to Integrated Services to Benefit Clients with IDD
This week's Research In Focus looks at key elements organizations should have for successful transition from sheltered to integrated services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Resource Highlight: 

Performance Management for State VR Agencies Serving Transition-Aged Youth
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) has released a new research brief, Performance Management for State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies Serving Transition-Aged Youth. VR agencies play an important role in delivering services to transition-aged youth with disabilities who are preparing to move into employment or postsecondary education. VR agencies collect, or can obtain, large amounts of data on client services and outcomes—data that can go largely underutilized. This brief illustrates how state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies can use performance management tools and processes to leverage their data systems to improve programs supporting transition-aged youth.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Interagency TBI Conference Call for Symposia, Scientific Papers, and Posters - Closing Soon!
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 closes 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: 

October nTIDE Highlights Continuing Gains for Job Seekers with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (90RT5022) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (90RT5017) reported that economic recovery extended to 18 consecutive months for Americans with disabilities in the October National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report. The report also examined research on incorporating vocational counseling and resources into the medical rehabilitation process to improve stay-at-work/return-to-work outcomes for individuals with new or changing disabilities.

NIDILRR Research Featured in Hearing Review
Research from the NIDILRR-funded project on Improving Outcomes Using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (90IF0122) was featured in The Hearing Review, a leading online magazine for news, trends, and research in the hearing industry. The article, Researchers find mismatch between language skills and cognitive abilities for children with hearing loss, discussed the project’s recent study (abstract) which found that many young children with hearing loss may have the capacity for higher language levels beyond what standard test scores may indicate.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The Development and Validation of an Assessment of Youth/Young Adult Voice in Agency-Level Advising and Decision Making
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, The Development and Validation of an Assessment of Youth/Young Adult Voice in Agency-Level Advising and Decision Making, October 24th, 1-2pm ET. This webinar will describe the development and validation of the Youth/Young Adult Voice at the Agency Level (Y-VAL) assessment. The Y-VAL is intended to serve both as a guide to best practices and as a measure of the extent to which an agency is meaningfully supporting young people's involvement in advising and decision making. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

FCC Hosts Accessibility Innovations Expo
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host The Accessibility Innovations Expo, October 23rd, 10am-12pm ET at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, DC. The Expo will feature outstanding technologies created in the private and public sectors that advance accessibility for people with disabilities. The Expo will provide a platform for showcasing innovative technologies that impact the daily lives of consumers with disabilities and focus on next-generation innovations and breakthroughs for users of all abilities. In the health arena, the event will demonstrate cutting-edge broadband-enabled solutions that advance the ability of persons with disabilities to fully benefit from the connected health revolution. RSVP is encouraged by email to outreach@fcc.gov.