News and Notes 90 November 13

Research and resources for veterans with disabilities and their families from NIDRR-funded projects available from NARIC; Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition, a guide developed by Pathways RTC and Youth MOVE National; participants sought for a mini survey on urinary tract infections conducted at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital; applications accepted for the Minorities in Science and Engineering summer internship at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2013 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; RRTC on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with SCI releases new report on prevention and management of secondary conditions in SCI; Webinar: Accessible PDFs Part 2: Tables, Forms, and More, hosted by ADA National Network and Great Lakes ADA Center, with Part 1 being available from the ADA Online Learning archive; three-day webcast series featuring the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Center hosted by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation.

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2013-11-13
NARIC news: 

This week, we celebrated Veterans Day. The Veterans Administration estimates there are more than 23 million vets in the US, with more than 3.5 million experiencing service-connected disabilities and millions of older veterans aging into disability. These can include physical disabilities such as limb loss and burns, chronic conditions such as diabetes, and hidden disabilities such as brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The NARIC collection includes research and resources for veterans with disabilities and their families from NIDRR-funded projects as well as other sources. You may also want to share these fact sheets from the NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) for veterans returning to work and their families, and for employers hiring veterans

Resource Highlight: 

Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019)recently published Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition (PDF), a guide for young people who have chosen to utilize their lived experience as a mechanism to advocate for positive change. The guide, developed with Youth MOVE National, leads young people through seven stages of transition from owning their own stories to becoming a supportive young adult for their peers. 

News items: 

Through the Looking Glass Announces 2013 Scholarship Winners
The NIDRR-funded Center on Families with Disabilities Through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives (Through the Looking Glass) (H133A110009) announced the winners of its 2013 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities. Scholarships were awarded to 16 students selected from more than 700 applicants. These awards recognize not only the diversity and contribution of these families, but also their financial need. The winning essays are included in the announcement. All of the submitted essays will be part of a study of the experiences of students whose parents have disabilities. A new round of scholarship applications will be released in January 2014. 

New Report on Prevention and Management of Secondary Conditions in SCI
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090005) at Medical University of South Carolina released a comprehensive report from the State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After Spinal Cord Injury (PDF). The report presents recommendations for the prevention and management of secondary health conditions in SCI. An executive summary (PDF) is also available. The state of the science pre-course commenced the American Spinal Injury Association's 2013 annual meeting and was co-hosted by Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133090002) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. 

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessible PDFs Part 2 - Tables, Forms, and More
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) and the Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) will host a webinar, Accessible PDFs Part 2: Tables, Forms, and More, November 21st, 2-3:30pm EST. Christy Blew of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss table and form editors, changing reading order for assistive devices, and new features in Acrobat XI. Registration is free but required by November 20th. Part 1 of this series is available from the ADA Online Learning archive

Participate: 

Survey on UTIs in SCI
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090002) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is conducting a mini-survey on urinary tract infections (UTI) in people with SCI. UTI is the most common cause of outpatient infection and rehospitalization in people with SCI. This quick survey collects experiential data on frequency, symptoms, and treatment of UTI in people with SCI. The results will be used to understand the information needs of the SCI community and develop related materials. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

2014 Summer Internship at Marshall SFC
Applications are now being accepted for the Minorities in Science and Engineering (MISE) program, a 10-week competitive summer internship at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, AL. The MISE program is open to students with disabilities and minority students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Apply online through NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.