News and Notes 295 January 10

NARIC blogs about toolkits, guides, and information resources from NIDILRR-funded projects to help keep New Year's resolutions about making healthy choices, building stronger relationships, succeeding on the job, and getting more involved in the community; Research in Focus discusses benefits of testosterone screening for young men with SCI; project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise publishes briefs highlighting results of research on self-employed individuals with psychiatric disabilities; faculty mental health guide developed by RRTC on Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities featured in recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education; RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes featured in November issue of Rehabilitation Psychology; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Webinar Series: The History of Disabilities; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, A Frontline View of the Oroville Dam and Sonoma and Napa Wildfire Disasters; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conducting test study on employment building plan called Build Your Plan; ODEP Campaign for Disability Employment Policy hosts Twitter chat on disability-inclusive culture across an organization's employment lifecycle.

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2018-01-10
NARIC news: 

Welcome to the first issue of 2018! Here at NARIC we started the year by making some important resolutions: Eat well, move more, get some sleep, and spend some quality time exploring the new and continuing projects who make up the NIDILRR grantee community. To help us with these resolutions, we recently blogged about toolkits, guides, and information resources from NIDILRR-funded projects to guide us in making healthy choices, building stronger relationships, succeeding on the job, and getting more involved in the community.

Research In Focus:
Young Men with Spinal Cord Injury May Benefit from Testosterone Screening
Men with spinal cord injuries may be at higher risk of low testosterone than their counterparts without SCI, including younger men, according to this week's Research In Focus.

Resource Highlight: 

Self-Employment Research Briefs
The NIDILRR-funded project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise (90SF0020) has published a series of research briefs highlighting the results of the survey research on self-employed individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Characteristics of Businesses and Business Owners (PDF) describes the survey participants' experiences with barriers and supports to self-employment and the types of businesses they run. Being and Becoming Self-Employed (PDF) provides insight into the experience of self-employment, the challenges, and strategies for overcoming challenges and reclaiming employment. Planning for the Future: Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship (PDF) presents findings related to growing a business and planning for the future. More research and resources for entrepreneurship are available from the project at ReclaimingEmployment.net.

News items: 

Faculty Mental Health Guide Highlighted in Chronicle of Higher Education
Promoting Supportive Academic Environments for Faculty with Mental Illnesses (90RT5021), a guide developed by the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, was featured in On faculty and mental illness in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The guide's co-author Margaret Price, PhD, was interviewed for the article, describing how the guide was developed, and how it can help colleges and universities to support faculty members with psychiatric disabilities.

NIDILRR Research Featured in Rehabilitation Psychology Special Issue
Research from the recently-completed NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (90RT5008) is featured in a special section of the November issue of Rehabilitation Psychology. The issue includes nine articles from the RRTC focusing on validating the use of the Cognition Battery (NIHTB-CB), part of the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function, in disability samples. The NIH Toolbox provides a comprehensive set of cognitive, motor, sensory, and emotional health and function measures for use in research. The nine articles provide initial evidence that the NIHTB-CB can be used with individuals who have traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or stroke. The issue also includes introduction and commentary by principal investigators David Tulsky, PhD, and Allan Heinemann, PhD. Full text of the commentary and abstracts for each article are available online free of charge.

Grantee event: 

Webinar Series: History of Disabilities -- Begins TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host a four-part Webinar Series: The History of Disabilities, starting January 11th, 1-2:30pm ET. This webinar series explores the roots of the disability rights movement and the historical turning points that shape contemporary policy. The series provides an educational framework for students, social service professionals, and people with disabilities and their family members. The first episode is titled The Tangled Roots of Disability Policy. Future episodes will air January 25th, February 8th, and February 22nd. Registration is free and required for each episode.

Webinar: A Frontline View of the Oroville Dam and Sonoma and Napa Wildfire Disasters TOMORROW
The NIDILRR-funded Pacific ADA Regional Center (90DP0081) will host a webinar, A Frontline View of the Oroville Dam and Sonoma and Napa Wildfire Disasters, January 11th, 2:30-4pm ET. Presenters will discuss their experience as a local Center for Independent Living that was on the frontline of the evacuation and sheltering efforts to assist people with disabilities who were affected by these disasters. The webinar will provide an understanding of how Centers for Independent Living can participate in their community planning for a disaster and how those plans may match with reality. Registration is free and required.

Participate: 

Family Employment Systems Interaction Study
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (90RT5028) is conducting a study with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their family members to test an employment planning tool called Build Your Plan. Build Your Plan helps people with IDD develop a vision of employment and move from that vision to an employment outcome. Participants must be an adult family member of a person with IDD between the ages of 14 and 24 who may be employed or transitioning from school to employment. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card. For more information, contact John Kramer at john.kramer@umb.edu or 617/287-4369.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

ODEP Campaign for Disability Employment Hosts Twitter Chat on Disability-Inclusive Culture
The Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) will host a Twitter Chat on disability-inclusive culture across an organization's employment lifecycle, January 17th, beginning at 1pm ET. The Twitter Chat will feature the Employment Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) and will focus on EARN's Inclusion@Work, a framework for building a disability-inclusive organization. Follow CDE on Twitter and join the chat by tagging questions and comments with #CDEInclusion. You must have a Twitter account to participate.