News and Notes 89 November 6

National Family Caregivers Month, collection of resources for family caregivers available from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services; TATE toolkit, a set of resources to teach the use of AT for cognition to people with brain injuries; proceedings published of Pathways RTC's 2013 State of the Science Conference: Improving Outcomes for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions; Managing Someone Else's Money, four guides for financial caregivers, available from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau; results of survey study on pain, fatigue, and depression in persons with SCI published by RRTC on Aging with Physical Disabilities; Virginia Commonwealth Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center project director receives Innovations in Treatment Award from the North American Brain Injury Society; research from the RRTC on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities highlighted in recent issue of Bloomberg BNA Employment Discrimination Report; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NRTC) to host State of the Science Conference in April 2014.

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2013-11-06
NARIC news: 

November is National Family Caregivers Month, an observance dedicated to recognizing and supporting the work of more than 60 million Americans who provide daily care for aging family members and those with disabilities. The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services has a collection of resources for family caregivers. You may also be interested in these documents on family caregiving from NIDRR-funded projects and other sources available from the NARIC collection.

Resource Highlight: 

The TATE Toolkit
The recently-completed NIDRR-funded field-initiated project Training Assistive Technology in the Environment (TATE) (H133G090227) announced the release of the TATE Toolkit, a set of resources to teach the use of assistive technology for cognition (ATC) to people with brain injuries. The TATE Toolkit is designed for trainers to help their clients with brain injuries to set meaningful goals which can be supported by ATC, select high- and low-tech solutions, and successfully acquire ATC skills and routines.

Pathways RTC State of the Science Conference Proceedings
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019) published the proceedings of its 2013 State of the Science Conference: Improving Outcomes for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions. The proceedings describe the results of discussions among young people, family members, researchers, and service providers regarding how providers can work productively and effectively with young people who experience serious mental health conditions.

News items: 

New Study Focuses on Pain, Fatigue, and SCI
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Physical Disabilities (H133B130018) published the results of a survey study, The association of age, pain, and fatigue with physical functioning and depressive symptoms in persons with spinal cord injury (abstract), in the most recent issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. The September issue focuses on The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury.

Kreutzer Receives Innovations in Treatment Award
Jeffery Kreutzer, PhD, project director for the NIDRR-funded Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (H133A120031), received the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) Innovations in Treatment Award at the NABIS annual conference in September. The award is given to an individual for developing and implementing innovative and efficacious treatment for people with brain injuries.

Employment Discrimination Research in Focus
Research from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B100017) was highlighted in an article, Research on Disability Bias Charges Reveals Which Employers are Most at Risk for Claims, in a recent issue of Bloomberg BNA Employment Discrimination Report (subscription required). The article discusses research on employment discrimination and EEOC charge data presented by Sarah von Schrader, PhD, and Zafar Nazarov, PhD, at the State of the Science Conference on Innovative Research on Employer Practices: Improving Employment for People with Disabilities.

Grantee event: 

Save the Date: State of the Science Conference in Blindness and Low Vision
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NRTC) (H133B100017) will host a State of the Science Conference April 9th and 10th, 2014, scheduled in conjunction with the Spring Conference of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind in Washington, DC. Interactive sessions will focus on NIDRR-funded research findings on a variety of topics related to improving employment outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Follow the NRTC on Facebook for conference updates

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Managing Someone Else's Money
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau offers the Managing Someone Else's Money series. Four easy-to-understand guides help financial caregivers understand their duties, watch for scams and exploitation, and learn where to turn for help. Separate guides are available (in PDF) for powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries such as Social Security representative payees and Veterans Affairs fiduciaries.