News and Notes 86 October 2

National Disability Employment Awareness Month; fall prevention factsheet for seniors with a physical disability; practitioners in community rehabilitation settings sought as participants in a survey of the use and value of evidence-based practice (EBP); ODEP offers the Soft Skills to Pay the Bills video series and discussion guide; NIDRR grantee study explores employer attitudes toward people with visual impairments; rehabilitation outcomes measures featured at meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society; MSRRTC article on MS and workplace accommodations in Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation; registration for Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics.

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2013-10-02
NARIC news: 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) sponsored by the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This year's theme, "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task," raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. The NARIC collection includes extensive publications from NIDRR-funded projects on employment outcomes, job accommodation, and transition to employment, as well as publications from other sources. You might also look at an issue of reSearch on workplace accommodations, featuring abstracts from our collection, as well as other literature collections. For information and support resources, see our Librarian's Picks for Employment

Resource Highlight: 

Fall Prevention for Older Adults with a Physical Disability
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training on Aging with Physical Disabilities (H133B080024) offers a new factsheet on Fall Prevention for Older Adults with a Physical Disability, part of the Aging Well with a Physical Disability Factsheets series. The factsheet covers the physical and emotional consequences of falling, risks for falls in various environments, prevention strategies, and resources for support and further information. 

News items: 

Study Explores Employer Attitudes Towards Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
A new study from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (H133B100022) explores vocational rehabilitation (VR) service providers' opinions about employer attitudes towards people who have visual impairments. Employer attitudes towards persons who are blind or visually impaired: Perspectives and recommendations from vocational rehabilitation personnel (abstract), in the most recent issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation, also explores the best techniques VR service providers use to encourage an employer to consider employing these individuals. 

Rehab Outcomes Measures Featured at International Neuropsychological Society Meeting
Researchers from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) shared several presentations at the 2013 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Project Director Allen Heinemann, PhD, presented Relationships Between Cognitive and Emotional Function and Participation in Persons Living with Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury in the Community (PDF). 

MS and Workplace Accommodations in Focus
The NIDRR-funded Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MSRRTC) (H133B080025) recently published Employment and workplace accommodation outcomes among participants in a vocational consultation service for people with multiple sclerosis (abstract) in the most recent issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. In a survey of people with MS who utilized an employment assistance center, 60 percent reported they were still working after 10 to 15 years, and subjects reported that low cost, low impact accommodations were more likely to be provided. 

Grantee event: 

Registration Now Open for Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics
Registration is now open for theAnnual Compendium of Disability Statistics and the Third Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable, December 11th, 9am-3pm, in Washington, DC, presented by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (H133B130015). The Compendium release briefing will include updates and a 1-hour workshop on the sources and uses of disability statistics. The Research-to-Policy Roundtable will provide an opportunity for disability advocates, policymakers, and researchers to highlight this research and discuss ways that policies and programs can better serve persons with disabilities with a focus on employment. Registration is free but required for both in-person and webcast

Participate: 

Evidence-Based Practice in Community-Based Settings Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) (H133B100034) is conducting a survey of the use and value of evidence-based practice (EBP), perceived barriers for EBP, and preparation needs for incorporating EBP in the role of a community-based rehabilitation service provider. This survey is open to practitioners in community rehabilitation settings. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills
The US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) offers the Soft Skills to Pay the Bills video series and discussion guide. The series is based on the Soft Skills to Pay the Bills curriculum (PDF), which focuses on teaching workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.