News and Notes 96 January 8

First News and Notes issue of 2014; information about visitability, a design approach integrating basic accessibility features into all newly built dwellings, available from the NARIC collection; Annual Disability Statistics Compendium available from NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC; participants with burn injuries sought for survey conducted by the Northwest Regional Burn Model System; workshop, Hearing Loss and Healthy Hearing, hosted by the Institute on Medicine and the National Research Council; development by NIDRR-funded project on Classification and Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Interventions of a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy (RTT) featured in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMJ); video from Brainline.org highlights NIDRR-funded research on pediatric traumatic brain injury; NIDRR-funded researcher discusses the concept of visitability and the impact of non-visitable homes on wheelchair users in interview by WellCommons.com; treatment of common types of chronic pain in SCI patients topic of Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center SCI Forum, Managing Chronic Pain, January 14th.   

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2014-01-08
NARIC news: 

Welcome to our first issue for 2014! We survived the holidays and returned with some excellent resources from around the NIDRR community. Did you travel over the holidays? Did you stay with family or friends? Check out the interview with NIDRR-grantee Dorothy Nary, PhD, on the concept of "visitability" highlighted in this week's issue. According to UD E-World, visitability is an affordable, sustainable, and inclusive design approach for integrating basic accessibility features into all newly built homes and housing. Check out these resources on visitability from NIDRR-funded projects as well as other sources, all available from the NARIC collection. 

Resource Highlight: 

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) released the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. The Compendium, available as a downloadable PDF and a web-based tool, pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. The Compendium was released during the Third Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable which can be viewed on the Compendium website

News items: 

APMR Issue Focuses on Rehab Treatment Taxonomy
The work of the NIDRR-funded project on Classification and Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Interventions is the focus of the January supplemental issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (subscription required) on the creation of a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy (RTT). Principal Investigator Marcel P. Dijkers, PhD, edited and contributed to this issue which proposes a conceptual framework for a cross-disciplinary RTT that offers terms and concepts needed to talk about rehabilitation treatments, and the start of a classification. Abstracts are available online free of charge. Individual articles may be ordered through NARIC's document delivery service for a nominal fee. 

Brainline Highlights Pediatric TBI Research
Ann Glang, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded project Development of a Web-Based Tool for Families Impacted by the Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), was featured in the video With TBI, Sometimes We Don't Know What We Don't Know from Brainline.org. Dr. Glang discussed TBI and the importance of sharing information regarding children's concussions with schools. 

Visitability in the News
NIDRR-funded Switzer Fellow Dorothy Nary, PhD, was interviewed in Make Sure Your Home is 'Visitable' During the Holidays, for WellCommons.com, on the concept of "visitability" and making homes more accessible for friends, relatives, and other visitors with disabilities. In the interview, Dr. Nary discussed research from her recently-completed Switzer project, Is There Really No Place Like Home? An Exploratory Study of the Impact of Non-Visitable Homes on Wheelchair Users

Grantee event: 

SCI Forum: Managing Chronic Pain
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) kicked off its 2014 SCI Forum series with Managing Chronic Pain, at the University of Washington South Campus Center, January 14th, 7-8:30pm. Clinicians from the University of Washington will review different types of pain common in SCI, causes of pain, and potential treatments including pharmaceutical, surgical, and self-management options. Previous SCI Forums are available to view online

Participate: 

Tips from the Burn Community
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System (NWRBMS) is seeking creative solutions and modifications to make life following a burn injury easier, healthier, or more enjoyable. Members of the burn community may submit tips, ideas, and product modifications through an online survey. NWRBMS staff will review submissions to be included on their website and newsletter. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging Workshop
The Institute on Medicine and the National Research Council (IOM-NRC) hosted a workshop Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging, at the Keck Center of the National Academies and via webcast, January 13th and 14th. The workshop addressed aging, health services, coverage and access, and public health. A full report of the meeting is now available, along with archived video of the sessions.