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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!

Information about traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the NIDILRR community available from NARIC in observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2016-2023; Research in Focus shows how people caring for a family member with TBI can benefit from the right supports; RRTC on Community Living publishes series of fact sheets for the Health Access for Independent Living (HAIL) program; KTDRR  posts video presentations fom the 2016 Knowledge Translation Online Conference; IC-RRTC research is featured in special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR); project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability hosts webinar, Managing Work, Life, and Disability: Considerations for Individuals and Employers; Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks individuals with disabilities for survey about getting and using health insurance; Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School partner to offer Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition, an online course for hiring managers and recruiters.

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NARIC recently catalogued its 75,000th journal article, an occasion to describe several ways that readers can access the NARIC site to explore the collection; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program competition; AbleData project publishes new factsheet, Assistive Technology (AT) for Video Gaming; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center announces new partnership with Make a Hero, producers of adaptive sports film The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising, to spread awareness of the ADA in communities where the film will be broadcast; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Food Allergies and the Rights of Individuals with Allergy-Related Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); SoundFit Ultrasonic Performance Diagnostic for Lower-Body Prostheses seeks healthy adults with above-knee amputations to test its tool, which evaluates how well a prosthesis socket fits the residual limb; Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative of the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy publish report, Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work: Key Facts, Critical Information Gaps, and Current Practices and Proposals.

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NARIC highlights current Burn Injury Model System Centers and their NIDILRR-funded research in observance of National Burn Awareness Week; Research In Focus offers tips for mental health peer counselors and their supervisors to support job success; MSKTC releases Exercise After Burn Injury, the latest in the Hot Topic module series; principal investigator of TU Collaborative is interviewed in Temple News article, Temple professor starts faculty disability committee; TechSAge research is featured in CSA Journal article, Technologies to support people "aging with disability;" StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing employment gains for job seekers with disabilities in January nTIDE Monthly Update; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What Every Tenant and Landlord Needs to Know About ADA Access Violations in Public Accommodation Facilities; American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) posts video, Music, Movement, and the Mind in Rehabilitation, a symposium presented at the ACRM 2016 Annual Conference.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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NARIC welcomes 80 new NIDILRR projects; NIDILRR posts its updated forecast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in 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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