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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive

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!

To guide readers for the holidays, NARIC has publications on accessible gifts for children with disabilities; Virginia Commonwealth University TBI Model System Center publishes Fall issue of TBI Today newsletter; Aging RRTC seeks participants for a survey on minorities with SCI; Census Bureau releases new report, Older Americans with a Disability: 2008-2012; director of RTC/CL delivers Presidential Address at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities annual conference; RERC UD and Touch Graphics publishes article on wayfinding technology in Experiential Graphics Magazine; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing more Americans with disabilities finding employment; Northeast ADA Center presenting webinar, ADA: Back to Basics.

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Resources from NARIC in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offers Engaging Policymakers, online course for researchers; Great Lakes and Southwest ADA Centers seek participants for a survey designed for young adults in post-secondary settings on their experience using AT; United Nations has designated December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD); researcher from Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EPRRTC) interviewed in New York Times article regarding the disclosure of mental disorders to employers; ADA Knowledge Translation Center publishes Community Collaboration Ensures Access to Art for All; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) posts 2014 KT Conference archive; Southeast ADA Center's monthly ADA Live series continues with Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology.

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Thanksgiving greetings and reminder of News and Notes survey; RTC/CL releases Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability; TIKTOC seeks participants with SCI for testing of SCI-HARD game; multi-partner campaign, Commit to Inclusion, for including people with disabilities in physical activity, nutrition, and obesity programs and policies; NIDRR hosts presentation, Voting System Interactions for People with Disabilities: Integrating Cloud-Based Accessibility; project director for Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center presents at ISBI 2014; NWRSCIS and University of Washington MSKTC publish systematic review of exercise, SCI, and cardiovascular risk; StatsRRTC to release 2014 Compendium of Disability Statistics on December 3rd, followed by Research-to-Policy Roundtable.

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Short reader survey seeks comments on News and Notes; SCI on Rancho - Fall 2014 newsletter highlights robotic technologies; RRTC-EBP VR seeks VR professionals for survey testing their knowledge of evidence-based practice; National Council on Disability releases 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report; Transitions RTC and Center on Transition to Employment for Youth With Disabilites present webinar, Determined to Succeed - Preparing for POstsecondary Education and Employment; book by investigator at Southeast ADA Center, eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities; Andy Winnegar from Southwest ADA Center interviewed on KRQE regarding accessibility issues in the construction of sidewalks and streets in Albuquerque, NM; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) presents webcast on Healthcare Access and Utilization After SCI.

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opened in DC, publications related to veterans with disabilities available from the NIDRR community and elsewhere; Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System offers videos on exercises for individuals with burn injuries; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer publishes article: Development of a measure of knowledge use by stakeholders of rehabilitation technology in SAGE Open Medicine; White House and US Department of Health and Human Services launches The 2015 Conference on Aging Website; nTIDE Report shows employment on the rise for people with disabilities; director of Mid-Atlantic ADA center publishes Hospitality, accessibility, and the ADA in; webcast: advantages of an interdisciplinary primary care/spinal cord medicine clinic; webcast: RESNA Catalyst Project and services and resources available through the Statewide Assistive Technology Programs.

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Publications available from NARIC and other sources in relation to voting during election week; two reports available from RTC/CL on status of and trends in long-term services and supports for people of intellectual and developmental disabilities; RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes relaunches discussion forum RehabMeasures for Clinicians; Zero Project publishes the Zero Project 2014: Focus on Accessibility; co-principal investigator of MARS3 is named editor-in-chief for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation; consumer conference held by Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System was featured on WMBC-TV; Wireless RERC to participate in panel at the FCC's Accessible Wireless Emergency Communications Forum; webcast: The ADA and Law Enforcement, focusing on the application for Title II of the ADA in the law enforcement setting.

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Publications on employment available from NARIC as National Disability Employment Awareness Month draws to a close; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation (KTDRR) releases 2014 KT Casebook; TU Collaborative seeks input from religiously-affiliated organizations that welcome individuals with psychiatric disabilities for the purpose of developing a publication guiding other religious communities in this outreach; Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy launches web portal, led by the agency's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT); Lime Lighter, developed by Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology, featured in article about middle-school drummer with visual impairment;  Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2014 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; principal investigator for VCU-RRTC receives award from Foundation for Life Care Planning and Research; webcast: ADA Live - Service Animals.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month: resources from the NARIC collection and elsewhere includes information about self-employment for people with disabilities; RRTC-EBP VR releases research summary of the effect of vocational rehabilitation services on employment outcomes for adults with cerebral palsy; Self-Management Assistance Through Technology (SMART) project seeks wheelchair user input for the development of a smartphone app that guides users through the process of selecting a wheelchair; the American Academy of Neurology offers free magazine Neurology Now for people with neurologic conditions and their caregivers; ENACT releases proceedings from its 2014 Arthritis State of the Science conference; former NIDRR Fellow publishes paper on home visitability for people with disabilities in October APMR; principal investigator of RecTech serves as guest editor of quarterly research digest from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, offering guidelines for promoting inclusive fitness; Northeast ADA Center to host webinar: Section 503, the ADA Amendment Act, and Disability Service Providers.

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Publications from the NIDRR community and other sources in observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month; AbleData project releases two fact sheets on trying AT products before buying and using AT for staying active with a disability; RRTC/CL recruiting human service professionals for study of innovative programs in community-based residential services for adults with disabilities; US Dept of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy releases fact sheet and toolkit on workplace flexibility; RecTech's principal investigator led panel discussion at the recent Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities; Maddak's Morph Wheels foldable wheelchair wheels, developed in collaboration with RERC and and KT4TT, featured in Washington Post article; KTDRR to host the 2014 KT Conference: Effective Media Outreach Strategies.

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Publications available from NARIC in observation of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month; Pathways RTC releases tip sheet, Getting the Most Out of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR); TU Collaborative seeks mental health agencies to partner for study of community living and participation; Families and Work Institute and Society for Human Resource Management publish 2014 National Study of Employers: Including the Talents of Employees with Disabilities; NIDRR seeks visitors to its website for participation in one-hour focus group; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC release September nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; ADA National Network led by Pacific ADA Center offering monthly webinar series on Emergency Management and Preparedness; Transitions RTC hosts webinar, Promoting Successful Transitions for Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions.

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