News and Notes 287 November 1

NARIC Project Director Mark Odum joins panel discussion on employment focusing on inclusion in professional sports hosted by Administration for Community Living and Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society; NIDILRR Deputy Director Dr. Kristi Hill discussed NIDILRR's employment-related research, training, and knowledge translation activities in panel discussion at Health and Human Services National Disability Employment Awareness Month event; Research in Focus looks at connection between pneumonia and pressure ulcers in cases of spinal cord injury; Wireless RERC publishes brief, Accessibility, Usability, and Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices; RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities featured in special issue of journal Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families hosts webinar, Working with Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families: Strategies and Solutions for Social Workers; University of Michigan Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation accepts application for two post-doctoral fellowships for training on methods of community-based research applied to rehabilitation; National Council on Disability publishes National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, the 2017 edition of its report on the state of disability policy in the US.

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2017-11-01
NARIC news: 

The National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) may be over, but research and development in employment and inclusive workplaces continue all year long. Later today, NARIC Project Director Mark Odum will join a panel discussion on employment focusing on inclusion in professional sports hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). Mark will share information and resources from NARIC and the NIDILRR community to foster workplace inclusion and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, whether on the field or in the front office. Tune in to the webcast at 2pm ET!

Research In Focus:
For People with Recent Spinal Cord Injuries, Pneumonia and Pressure Ulcers May Be Connected
This week's Research In Focus looks at the connection between pneumonia and pressure ulcers for people with spinal cord injury during acute care and inpatient rehabilitation.

Resource Highlight: 

Accessibility, Usability, and Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) has published a brief, Accessibility, Usability, and Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices (PDF). The brief draws on findings from a review of representative applications and examples of currently available wearable and connected technologies. The brief explores the potential impact of inclusive design principles on future device development which can enhance accessibility, increase independence and community participation of people with disabilities, and support a more inclusive society.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Research Highlighted at HHS NDEAM Event
NIDILRR Deputy Director Kristi Hill, PhD, participated in a panel discussion in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Diversity and Inclusion Division. Dr. Hill discussed the major themes of NIDILRR's employment research portfolio and highlighted employment-related research, training, and knowledge translation activities underway at NIDILRR. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) blog also highlighted NIDILRR-funded research insights on advancing integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a follow-up post.

News items: 

Capacity Building Research Featured in Special Issue of Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (90RT5024) is featured in a special issue of the journal Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. The open access issue features nine articles examining the capacity building perspectives and strategies of minority-serving institutions conducting research in disability, rehabilitation, independent living, and health. The articles also discuss findings on rehabilitation outcomes among individuals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups that warrant such capacity-building efforts.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Working with Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families - Strategies and Solutions for Social Workers
The NIDILRR-funded Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families (90DPGE0001) will host a webinar, Working with Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families: Strategies and Solutions for Social Workers, November 14th, 3-4pm ET. This webinar will provide information about how to best work with parents with intellectual disabilities and their families, including the definition of intellectual disabilities, background information on parents with disabilities, the application of disability law in the child welfare system, strategies for supporting families, and how to conduct accessible and appropriate parenting assessments. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Fellowship Opportunities
The NIDILRR-funded University of Michigan Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation (90AR5020) is accepting applications for two post-doctoral fellowships for training on methods of community-based research applied to rehabilitation. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a health-related field. Previous experience in research and writing or in disability and clinical care is desirable. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For questions, please contact Diane Nicholls at dnicholl@umich.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NCD Publishes 2017 Disability Policy Progress Report
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has published National Disability Policy: A Progress Report (PDF), the 2017 edition of NCD's report of the state of disability policy in the US. The central topic of the 2017 report is poverty, a common thread that continues to compound many of the core concerns of people with disabilities. The report focuses on seven factors that are crucial for enhancing the economic independence of people with disabilities in society: education, employment, financial assistance and incentives, healthcare, long-term services and supports, transportation, and housing.