News and Notes 98 January 22
NARIC offers articles on telework as a reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities; proceedings from the 2013 State of the Science Meeting on Policy and Employment for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities; expert participants sought for online survey on technology use among people with cognitive disabilities; Physician's Guide to Assisting Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy in Transition to Adult Healthcare released; researchers from NIDRR-funded TBI projects receive awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from NIDRR-funded Wireless RERC among Top Ten Alerting Stories of 2013 in Emergency Management; NIDRR fellow receives award from the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities announces 2014 Webcast Series.
This week we saw some potentially serious snow accumulation in the DC area, serious enough for the Office of Personnel Management to declare a "snow day!" For some Federal workers, that means telework. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, telework can be considered a reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities. Visit TeleworkTools.org for some good resources for employees and employers. Check out these articles from NIDRR-funded projects focusing on telework and telecommuting, as well as publications from other sources.
State of the Science Proceedings on Policy and Employment for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B090014) released the proceedings from its 2013 State of the Science Meeting on Policy and Employment for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (PDF). The meeting focused on the role of disability policy in facilitating or hindering the early working careers of people with psychiatric disabilities.
NIDRR Researchers Receive ACRM Awards
Several researchers from NIDRR-funded traumatic brain injury (TBI) projects received recognition awards from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). Flora Hammond, MD, principal investigator of the Brain Research in Aggression and Irritability Network (BRAIN): Building Evidence-Based Approaches to Managing Traumatic Brain Injury (H133A120035), Cynthia Harrison-Felix, PhD, principal investigator of the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Model System Center (H133A120032) and the National Data and Statistical Center for the TBI Model Systems (H133A110006), and Ronald Seel, PhD, principal investigator for the field-initiated project Safe@Home: A Self-Management Program for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families (H133G130149), were named 2013 Fellows of the ACRM, in recognition of contributions of national significance to the field of medical rehabilitation. Mike Jones, PhD, co-director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002), was also named a 2013 Fellow for his work in universal design. Dawn Neumann, PhD, a 2011 NIDRR Switzer Research Fellow and researcher on the recently-completed NIDRR-funded project on Controlled Study of Affect Recognition Training for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (H133G080043), received the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award in recognition of significant contributions to rehabilitation research early in her career.
NIDRR Fellow Receives Kolstoe Award
Colleen Thoma, PhD, a 2011 NIDRR Switzer Research Fellow, received the 2013 Kolstoe Award from the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition. The Kolstoe Award recognizes significant contribution to the field of career development and transition through means other than direct classroom instruction. Dr. Thoma's recently-completed fellowship focused on Comparison of Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability.
VCU-RRTC Announces 2014 Webcast Series
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (H133B130011) announced its 2014 webcast series: Eight video presentations and chat sessions offer the opportunity to discuss a broad range of employment topics with researchers and experts in the field. The series begins February 13th with Employment and Social Security Disability Benefits. Registration is required for individual webcasts or the entire series and there is a subscription fee.
Survey of Cognitive Disability and Technology
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation (RERC-ACT) (H133E090003) and its partner Beneficial Designs are conducting a survey to gather stakeholder feedback on what makes technology difficult or easy for people with cognitive disabilities to use. People with expertise in cognitive disabilities, including caretaking or research, may take the survey online. Individuals with cognitive disabilities are invited to schedule a structured telephone interview about their technology use and opinions by contacting Seanna Kringen at 831/685-4798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physician's Guide to Assisting Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy in Transition to Adult Healthcare
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation recently released the Physician's Guide: Assisting Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy in Transition to Adult Healthcare (PDF). The one-page guide, developed with input from medical professionals and UCP's network of individuals with CP and their families, provides adolescents with CP and their physicians with a quick reference tool to help tackle the various challenges they may encounter during this period of transition.