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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond is a weekly newsletter featuring news, resources, events, and opportunities to participate in research in disability and rehabilitation. Most of the stories focus on the achievements of the 250+ NIDILRR-funded projects across the US. We also include events and resources from other agencies and organizations. To sign up, go to our home page and enter your email address in the big blue box! Learn how to submit an item for the next newsletter. Are you a current subscriber or reader? We would love to know your opinion on the newsletter and how you share it with your colleagues!

NARIC offers research on play and children with disabilities from the NIDILRR community in observance of Global School Play Day; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for 2018-2023; NIDILRR posts its forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in Grants.gov database; researchers compare in-home and clinic-based robotic rehabilitation in Research in Focus; VR-ROI Project: Estimating Return on Investment (ROI) in State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs publishes first issue of its bi-annual newsletter VR-ROI; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC publish National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) 2016 Review/2017 Preview of national data released by Bureau of Labor Statistics; Rusk ARRT fellow presents her research at the 2017 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference; VCU-RRTC announces 2017 Webcast Series with diverse range of employment topics, the first of which features employment outcomes of transition-aged youth with physical disabilities; National Council on Aging (NCOA) releases improved version of its BenefitsCheckUp tool, a free web-based tool that helps seniors and caregivers screen private and public benefit programs.

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2017-02-01

NARIC acknowledges the birthday of the late Ed Roberts, a pioneer in disability rights who established the World Institute on Disability, a collaborator on nearly 20 NIDILRR-funded projects; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023; Research In Focus reports on healthy lifestyle and supportive neighborhood as key factors in the community participation of people with mobility disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes Physical Activity Calendar for 2017; LiveWell selects five new assistive technology apps for development and release in 2017; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Top 5 ADA Topics: Notes from an ADA Specialist (Part 2); StatsRRTC combines its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2016 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) at the Department of Education releases the Business Roundtable Report: Employer Engagement in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

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2017-01-25

NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Thyroid Awareness Month; Research in Focus highlights new findings on the impact of Medicaid expansion on employment for people with disabilities; ThinkWork releases video, Organizational Transformation: From Workshops to Community Employment II; LiveWell and Shepherd Center release an app for smartwatches, BreatheWell for Wear; research from RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities featured in article in Momentum Magazine from the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society; RRTC on Self-Directed Recovery and Integrated Health Care hosts Twitter chat, "How do we integrate behavioral healthcare for the public good?" Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) publishes A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

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2017-01-18

During this week of the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, NARIC blog features assistive technology developed by NIDILRR community; NIDILRR welcomes three new staff members; NIDILRR continues to post its 2017 Grants Forecast; Research in Focus looks at the kinds of electronic devices people with SCI use; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes two new factsheets: Adaptive Sports and Recreation and Exercise After SCI; researcher at Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural) was featured in annual report of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) report continuing positive employment trends in December nTIDE Monthly Update; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health (RRTCDD) hosts webinar, Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality for People with Developmental Disability; RERC on Augmentative and Alternative Communication hosts Student Research and Design Competition in collaboration with RESNA; National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) hosts a Community of Practice (CoP): Section 508 Frustrations and Fixes, an open space to share perspectives about barriers to creating accessible digital materials.

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2017-01-11

NARIC's REHABDATA database includes more than 115,000 abstracts of disability and rehabilitation research literature from around the world; there is still time to submit comments for NIDILRR's listening sessions; the NIDILRR 2017 Grants Forecast is UPDATED; Research In Focus on career mentors helping college students who are legally blind build confidence to find jobs; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) publishes a new tip sheet for young adults on helpful hints for policy change in the mental health system; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) reported continuing positive employment trends in the November National Trends in Disability Employment Monthly Update; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) attended and presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL); the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will host a webinar on workplace accommodations for Wounded Warriors; the Pacific ADA Regional Center will host a webinar TOMORROW on the perspectives of building occupants with mobility impairment on fire evacuation and elevators; the Southwest ADA Center is looking for participants for a survey about work-related issues of young adults with cancer; the Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion has published a report on community inclusion.

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2016-12-7

NARIC remembers NIDILRR-community member John Westbrook, PhD, a leader in knowledge translation (KT) whose work continues through NIDILRR-funded KTDRR and KTER; Research in Focus explores whether a chronic disease diagnosis can motivate changes in health behaviors; AbleData project publishes two factsheets: Is Your AT Considered Durable Medical Equipment and Socially Assistive Robots; William Kiernan, PhD, investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects, receives Robert M. Gettings Compass Reward from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS); Real-time text (RTT), developed under RERC-TA, is modernizing wireless phone text compatibility for people with communication disabilities; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Top 5 Americans with Diabilities Act (ADA) Topics; LiveWell RERC conducts survey of User Needs for Information Communication Technology (SUN-ICT); cellist Yo-Yo Ma discusses music and and the brain at the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture at NIH.

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2016-12-21

NARIC welcomes 80 new NIDILRR projects; NIDILRR posts its updated forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in Grants.gov database; Research in Focus highlights new findings on seizure risk following TBI; WirelessRERC publishes report, Text-to-911 and NG911 Policy Study summarizing study results of content regarding inclusion of people with disabilities in state and local level text-to-911 and next generation 911 (NG91); researcher at RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities receives 2016 Young Professional Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on women with disabilities is interviewed in article Dating with a disability in the New York Times; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards - Open Q&A; MedlinePlus, service of the National Library of Medicine, offers text message supports to manage mental health during the holiday season.

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2016-12-14

NARIC is bringing a collection of materials from the NIDILRR community to the TASH conference in St Louis and the Abilities Expo in Virginia this week; NIDILRR's next strategic planning listening session is held December 5th  in Dallas, TX; Research in Focus highlights the long-term impact of large burns on mobility; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support publishes report, Sibling Caregivers Experience Less Choice and Control; National Academies' Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, of which NIDILRR is a sponsoring agency, publishes report, Strengthening the Workforce to Support Community Living and Participation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) to combine its State-of-the-Science Conference with the release of the 2016 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Online Course Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment: The Reason and the Design; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar series, Essential Practices to Facilitate Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); Mass Audubon releases Accessible Trails Manual, providing guidelines for developing accessible trails in parks, wildlife preserves, and other outdoor venues.

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2016-11-30

NARIC has gathered information and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support caregivers of family members with disabilities; NIDILRR continues to post forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in Grants.gov database; Research in Focus looks at challenges and rewards of caring for family member with spinal cord injury; TU Collaborative publishes survey report, Community Inclusion from the Perspective of Caregivers; overTHERE, app developed by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multi-Sensory Loss, now available to iPhone users; research from RRTC on Family Support featured in Family Support of Persons with Disabilities Across the Life Course, a special issue of the Journal of Family Social Work; monthly installment of nTIDE Lunch and Learn webinar series covers November National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report published by IC-RRTC and RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) publish report, Families Caring for an Aging America.

Date sent:
2016-11-23

NARIC blog features the NIDILRR-funded ADA Centers, Knowledge Translation Centers, and other grantees who provide information to people with disabilities in observation of Information & Referral Day, sponsored by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems; NIDILRR continues to post forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the Grants.gov database; Research in Focus highlights iMHere app, designed to help people with spina bifida take charge of their health; Pathways RTC publishes two new resources for educators and service providers who support young people in transition; researcher at Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing receives New Researcher Award from the International Dyslexia Association; RRTC on Community living hosts Community Living Summit, from which presentations and factsheets are available at its website; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Transient Lodging Q & A, on the accessibility of facilities such as hotels, motels, and resorts; Department of Justice releases guidance regarding how the ADA and the Olmstead v. L.C. decision apply to employment services and settings.

Date sent:
2016-11-16

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