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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 Spotlight blog features recent IT research and technology improving lives of people with disabilities from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; new research on relationship between VR agencies and potential employers; Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System posts podcast, Integrating Yoga into a Plan of Care for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC show continuing trends in employment for people with disabilities in nTIDE December report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; technology developed under Self-Management Assistance Through Technology project and RERC on Telerehabilitation highlighted in HME News; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar, FEMA Promising Practice: Communication Outreach and Toolkits; registration is open to 2016 NARRTC Conference highighting research by the NIDILRR community; Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center recruits participants for its Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation after Traumatic Brain Injury with Donepezil (MEMRI Study); ODEP and LEAD Center publish three Employment First Technical Briefs.

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NARIC introduces its weekly online publication Reseach in Focus; NIDILRR posts FY 2016 grant opportunities in the HHS Grants Forecast Database; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center releases latest in SCI Forum video series, Spasticity and SCI, Part 2: Real Life Stories; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics (NU-RERC) releases 22-year archive of its Capabilities publication; AbleData project featured in December issue of Disability Connection; Southeast ADA Center hosts webcast, Post-Secondary Education and Students with Disabilities, part of ADA Live! series; TU Collaborative seeks participants for new survey on mental-health providers' knowledge of intimacy and sexuality; Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities Task Force on Physical Activity and Sport accepting applications for its Inclusion by Design Impact Awards.

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NARIC gives year-end thanks to readers and members of NIDILRR community, and as 2015 included anniversaries of the ADA, VSA, Older Americans Act, and Medicare, what will 2016 bring? ADA National Network publishes Spanish-language version of the Disability Law Handbook; Institute for Disabilities Research and Training develops myASL Quizmaker under SBIR grant; co-investigator of Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System Center (RMRBIS) interviewed in latest APMR Podcast; Pathways RTC hosts webinar, Implementing Early Psychosis Intervention in the Real World; RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities hosts webinar, Mix It Up: An Example of Mixed Methods Approach in Research Focused on Gender and Race; Departments of Education and Health and Human Services host webinar, Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs.

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NARIC Spotlight blog features research and resources on inclusive education from the NIDILRR community and other sources in observance of Inclusive Schools Week; RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities publishes Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and Their Families: Status and Trends Through 2013; principal investigator for TU Collaborative interviewed for Mental Illness and the Law on Radio Times on WHYY in Philadelphia; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC covers continuing trends in job growth for people with disabilities in nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; StatsRRTC opens registration for 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release in Washington, DC; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar, Building and Maintaining National Partnerships for Improving Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery to Individuals with Disabilities: Lessons Learned; American Occupational Therapy Association sponsors Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.

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NARIC Spotlight Blog highlights NIDILRR community's engagement in International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPD); NIDILRR hosts Stages of Development (SoD) Webinar; Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center publishes guide, TBI: What College Disability Specialists and Educators Should Know About Executive Functions; Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults, intervention studied by Transitions RTC, is highlighted by Council of State Governors (CSG) Justice Center; study from Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD) reveals health needs of adults with autism; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast series: Implementing Behavior Support Strategies in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices; RERC TechSAge accepts entries of innovative, technology-enabled design solutions for TechSAge Design Competition 2016; Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks public comment on proposed rule for independent living (IL) programs.

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NARIC has research and resources on diabetes from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of American Diabetes Month; NIDILRR hosts webinar, Stages of Development: Review of Public Comments and Possible Actions; VCU-RRTC publishes new research brief: What Is Discovery?; MRSCICS research scientist  T. George Hornby, PhD, delivers keynote address at Research Day at Texas Woman's University; At Your Service, a video developed by Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, featured in Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy's Business Sense newsletter; Mid-Atlantic ADA Center hosts webinar, Effective Practices for Employment Preparation and Support for Youth with Disabilities; Pathways RTC seeks organizations to participate in Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood, ten online training modules; Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy creates online toolkit, Small Business & Disability Employment: Steps to Success.

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Research and resources from the NIDILRR community available from NARIC in observance of National Family Caregivers Month; new factsheets on SCI available from MSKTC; Pathways RTC researcher Tamara Sale featured in article on schizophrenia in Huffington Post Highline; Dawn Ehde from Aging RRTC interviewed on self-management and MS in Archives Podcast by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); KTER hosts webcast, Accessing Information on Employment by Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: Facebook as a Knowledge Translation Strategy; Rehabilitation Services Administration debutes a newly redesigned central portal, National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM).

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Resources from the NIIDILRR community and other sources available from NARIC in observance of Veterans Day; ExploreVR, vocational rehabilitation compendium available from Explore VR: Increasing Adoption and Utilization of a Web Based Open Share Public Portal of Survey Data on VR and Other Employmnet Service Providers; Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, of RERC AAC interviewed on the AT Update podcast; article from EPRRTC receives 2015 Editor's Choice Award from National Rehabilitation Association; Northeast ADA Center hosts webinar, Air Travel for Individuals with Disabilities: Intersection of the Air Carriers Access Act and the ADA; MSKTC seeks veterans with TBI and their caregivers for studies of their health information needs; President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) publishes annual report, Leveling the Playing Field: Improving Technology Access and Design for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

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Sesame Street's new character Julia who has autism, publications on autism and early intervention and education from the NIDILRR community and other sources available from NARIC; TU Collaborative publishes manual, A Guide to Creating Self-Directed Care Programming and related factsheet, What Is Self-Directed Care?; ZyroMath, developed through App Factory, receives award for best mobile app; principal investigator of NNJTBIS discusses TBI research on New Jersey Public Television's OneonOne; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar, Accessible Trails, highlighting material from Access Board's new guidebook for trail designers and operators; Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), of which NIDILRR is member, hosts ICDR Strategic Planning Stakeholder Webinar; scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science develop NavCog, smartphone app that helps users who are blind or visually impaired navigate their environment.

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Education programs and resources developed by the NIDILRR community featured on NARIC blog in observance of National Health Education Week sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education; video of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) from Boston-Harvard Burn Model System; principal director of Great Plains ADA Center receives lifetime achievement award from the University of Missouri; principal investigator of RecTec appointed Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board; KTDRR to host online conference, KT Solutions for Overcoming Barriers to Research Use; National Center for Homeless Education and US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs present webinar, Serving Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities.

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