News and Notes 97 January 15

NARIC's website, Twitter feed in English and Spanish, and Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest pages; four-module course on outcome measurement from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes; participants sought for shoulder pain prevention study at the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center; report from the Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue on federal legislative and regulatory barriers to transition outcomes for youth with disabilities; Think College receives award from the National Down Syndrome Society; researcher at the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center featured in article in The New York Times Magazine; December TIDE report of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released from StatsRRTC; Webcast: Neuroregenerative Properties of Dental Pulp Cells and their use in promoting neurorecovery for people with SCI.

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2014-01-15
NARIC news: 

We're two issues into 2014 and excited to see our audience continuing to grow! Each month, more than 17,000 visitors come to our website to search for publications, projects, and organizations across the disability community. We are less than 25 followers away from 3,000 for our English Twitter feed, where we post more resources from the NIDRR community and the greater disability and rehabilitation arena. We tweet in Spanish, too. Add in our Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest pages, and we are close to 4,000 followers! We hope you'll join us! 

Resource Highlight: 

Outcome Measurement Teaching Modules
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) offers Outcome Measurement Teaching Modules. The four-module course is designed to introduce entry-level physical and occupational therapy students to: measurement in rehabilitation practice, using outcomes in clinical assessment and intervention planning, understanding measurement properties, and strategies for successful implementation. The courses are available free of charge and may be modified for other rehabilitation professions. 

News items: 

Think College Named NDSS Organization of the Year
The recently completed NIDRR-funded Center on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (Think College), (H133A080042) received the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) 2014 Organization of the Year Award for its work in advocacy for people with Down syndrome. Each year, NDSS honors a self-advocate, an individual advocacy leader, an NDSS Down Syndrome-Ambassador, a Buddy Walk® partner, and an organization with its Champion of Change awards. Honorees receive their awards at the 2014 Buddy Walk® on Washington in February. 

Model Systems Researcher Featured in New York Times Magazine
Felipe Fregni, MD, director of research for the NIDRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (H133A120034), was featured in the article, Jumper Cables for the Mind in the New York Times Magazine. Dr. Fregni discussed his research on transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS). His NIDRR-funded research focuses on the effects of tDCS on pain and itch due to burn injury. 

December TIDE Report Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) released its December Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report compares labor force participation rates for employment-aged people with disabilities to those without disabilities. Previous TIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Neuroregenerative Properties of Dental Pulp Cells
The NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center (H133N120002) and the Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (H133N110010) will host a webcast, Neuroregenerative Properties of Dental Pulp Stem Cells and their Future Potential to Improve Neurological Outcomes in SCI, January 30th, 6:30-8pm EST. The webcast will feature a panel discussing the source of dental pulp stem cells, how they are obtained, how they can develop into elements of the nervous system, and how dental pulp stem cells might be used to promote neurorecovery for people with spinal cord injury. Registration is free but required. Participants may also register by calling 866/607-1804. 

Participate: 

Shoulder Pain Prevention Study in Southern CA
The NIDRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110018) is recruiting participants for a study to evaluate the effectiveness of arm stretches and exercises to prevent the onset of shoulder pain, and preserve shoulder strength and function. The study is open to people in the Downey, CA area using a manual or power wheelchair or walking with an assistive device. Volunteers will receive training on an exercise program, a free exercise kit, an odometer or activity monitor, and up to $400. For questions or to schedule an evaluation, call 562/401-7177. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue Participation Metrics ReportResults from the Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue are now available in the report Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue: Participation Metrics (PDF). Released on behalf of the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration, the report summarizes the results of public ideas and comments about federal legislative and regulatory barriers and their effects on efforts to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities.