News and Notes 289 November 15

NARIC blog features current research and resources on caregiving from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Family Caregiver Month; information about 70 NIDILRR-announced grant awards for 2017 is now included in NIDILRR Program Database, available from NARIC website; Research in Focus looks at the impact of experience and expectations for young job seekers who are deaf-blind; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) develops guidebook, Conducting a Competing Product Search; history and impact of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) is focus of new article, How a diverse research ecosystem has generated new rehabilitation technologies: Review of NIDILRR's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers, in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation; investigator at RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health and RRTC on Family Support gives testimony before US Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on Working and Aging with Disabilities: From School to Retirement; Northeast Regional ADA Center hosts webinar, Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education; Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) accepting applications for 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) releases Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospitals Program, helping healthcare organizations implement AHRQ's Pressure Ulcer Prevention Toolkit.

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2017-11-15
NARIC news: 

November is National Family Caregiver Month, and the Caregiver Action Network has selected Caregiving Around the Clock as the theme for 2017. Family caregivers provide unpaid support to their loved ones with disabilities all day, every day. Parents and adult children most often take on the role of caregiver, but caregivers can also include siblings, close friends, and even neighbors. The supports they provide can range from managing finances and transportation, to taking care of someone's basic needs like bathing, dressing, and managing medications. These family members offer an invaluable source of care for people with disabilities, including older adults aging with and into disabilities. Learn more about current research and resources on caregiving from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in our blog.

Research In Focus:
High Parental Expectations and Early Supports May Improve Employment Prospects for Youth with Deaf-Blindness

This week's Research In Focus looks at the impact of experience and expectations for young job seekers who are deaf-blind.

Resource Highlight: 

KT Guidebook: Conducting a Competing Product Search
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (90DP0054) has developed a guidebook, Conducting a Competing Product Search (PDF), in collaboration with Jayne Knowlton, inventor and business owner. This step-by-step guide describes how to search for and document products and patented inventions that may compete with an idea under development. The guidebook includes a case example, highlighting Ms. Knowlton's experience of documenting products competing with her invention, the AquaEve female urinal.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Announced Grant Awards for 2017
NIDILRR announced 70 new grant awards for 2017. Information about these projects is now included in the NIDILRR Program Database, available from the NARIC website.

News items: 

New Article Highlights the History and Impact of the RERCs
The history and impact of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) is the focus of a new article, How a diverse research ecosystem has generated new rehabilitation technologies: Review of NIDILRR's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers, in the November issue of the open access Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. The comprehensive article reviews the scope, achievements, and ongoing projects of a sample of 19 currently active or recently completed RERCs. The review shows how the RERC program has diversified in scope since the 1970s, addressing more types of disabilities using more technologies, including information technologies. The article also discusses how the program has evolved to view users as integrated into an interdependent society through technologies that both people with and without disabilities co-use.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education
he NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education, November 29th, 1-2pm, ET. As students move from high school to college, their educational rights and responsibilities also transition from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Presenters will discuss what students should know to navigate this transitional period and adjust to the post-secondary environment. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

CHRIL Disability Research Fellowship
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) (90ARCP0001) is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. The program offers research training experience for developing scholars with disabilities who hold doctorate-level or similar advanced degrees and are committed to understanding and improving health policies and services for people with disabilities. All fellows are eligible for extensive accommodations and ongoing support by advisors with experience in disability research. Position description, responsibilities, qualifications, and application information are available from the project website.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

AHRQ Releases New Pressure Injury Prevention Program
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospitals Program to help healthcare organizations implement AHRQ's Pressure Ulcer Prevention Toolkit, an evidence-based, structured pressure injury prevention initiative based on quality improvement principles. The content of the Training Program and supporting materials help organizations become familiar with each of the components of the Toolkit and learn how to overcome the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining a pressure injury prevention program.