News and Notes 291 November 29

In Spotlight blog, NARIC looks at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that align with the goals of United Nation's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, whose 2017 theme is Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) continues open call for scientific papers and posters for June 2018 conference; Research in Focus explores experiences of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) disclosing MS diagnosis at work; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) develops Technology Transfer Planning Template (TTPT); two NIDILRR community members from RTC: Rural and project on Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), while RTC: Rural investigator was also honored at the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL); Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ABLE Accounts: Answers to Your Questions, Episode 51 of the ADA Live! webcast series; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Looking Ahead: Frontier Accessibility Issues; Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration releases report, Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities.

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This Sunday, the United Nations (UN) will mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Since 1992, the UN has celebrated this day to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. The theme for 2017 is Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All, and builds upon the disability-inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (PDF). We looked at research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that align with these goals in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
Disclosing a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis at Work May Have Pros and Cons

This week's Research In Focus explores the experiences of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who chose to disclose or not to disclose their condition to employers and co-workers and the reasons behind those decisions.

Resource Highlight: 

Technology Transfer Planning Template
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (90DP0054) has developed the Technology Transfer Planning Template (TTPT) to help guide researchers and developers through the creation of technology transfer and commercialization plans. The template offers an intuitive interface, simplified access to the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model components, and links to tools and information resources to help plan and complete critical process steps. The template can be used to create reports for proposals and project plans and to share these reports with team members and stakeholders.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

Interagency TBI Conference Call for Papers/Posters - Deadline Extended
The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues its open call for scientific papers and posters for the fourth conference scheduled for June 2018. The deadline to submit paper and poster proposals has been extended to December 15th. 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: 

NIDILRR Community Members Honored by APHA and APRIL
Tom Seekins, PhD, co-director of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025), and Margaret Campbell, PhD, former NIDILRR staff and now member of the project on Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies (90DPCP001), received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in November. This award is presented to individuals who, over the course of their careers, have made major contributions to the improvement of health and quality of life for people with disabilities through research, teaching, policy, and practice. In October, Dr. Seekins was also honored at the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) conference for his support, involvement, and contributions to the rural independent living and disability rights movement. Video of Dr. Seekins' acceptance speech at APHA and reflections from his APRIL colleagues are available from the RTC: Rural website.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! ABLE Accounts: Answers to Your Questions
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host ABLE Accounts: Answers to Your Questions, Episode 51 of the ADA Live! webcast series, December 6th, 1-1:30pm ET. Presenters will introduce ABLE Accounts and answer listener questions about these accounts, which offer a way for individuals with disabilities and their families to save money without jeopardizing their benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. No registration is required and listeners may submit questions in advance.

Webinar: Frontier Accessibility Issues
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Looking Ahead: Frontier Accessibility Issues, December 7th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss future trends, new products, and designs in terms of their impact on communication and facility access for people with disabilities. Some examples include mobility devices being allowed on commercial airlines, inclusive exercise equipment and developing standards, adult changing tables, autonomous vehicles, and wayfinding through the use of beacons that provide real-time location and support. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Accessible Shared Streets Report
The Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has released a report, Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities. The report introduces shared streets, where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles mix in the same space, and explains how these spaces can be planned with people with visual disabilities in mind. The report includes overviews of legal accessibility requirements, use of different designs and tactile surfaces, planning for and lessons learned from shared streets projects, and a shared streets design toolbox.