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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!

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, research by NIDILRR grantees supporting people with developmental disabilities is available in NARIC collection of articles; Research in Focus looks at the impact of college and university training as VR intervention for job seekers with disabilities; RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities publishes Immigration Trends' Impacts on State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Minority Application Rates; MSKTC publishes factsheet on pregnancy and women with SCI in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); RRTC for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) and the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition have developed Effective Practices and Predictors Matrix; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) hosts webinar, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community; Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) releases Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with IDD.

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NARIC's field trip to the National Sports Center for the Disabled and resources on winter sports from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere; NIDILRR 2016 Grants Forecast updated; phone-delivered program teaching people with MS to manage their symptoms; MSKTC releases toolkit, Best Practices for Using Charts and Graphs to Communicate Research Findings; RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics releases Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and companion Disability Statistics Annual Report; RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment debuts revamped version of website; Southwest and Great Lakes ADA Centers along with the RESNA Catalyst Project host webinar, The ADA, Sensory Disabilities, and Assistive Technology; Justice in Aging releases report, Stengthening Low-Income Older Adults and Caregivers.

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Resources and research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of American Heart Month; Administration for Community Living (ACL) releases Public Access Plan for NIDILRR-funded research; TU Collaborative develops a Parenting Internet Education Tool; RERC on Technologies for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities (Tech4POD) releases eBook on Osteogenesis Imperfecta; Pathways RTC releases two of their most popular publications, two youth guides, in Spanish; Burn Model Systems presents at the American Burn Association 2016 State of the Science Conference in Burn Research; Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems to present Progress in Research from the SCI Model Systems as part of American Spinal Injury Association Annual Meeting; National Institute of Standards and Technology and Election Assistance Commission collaborate to maintain Accessible Voting technology (AVT) Portal.

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The 200th issue of News and Notes, feedback welcome; integrating service dogs into the workplace; MSKTC releases factsheet on autonomic dysreflexia; researchers at Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center interviewed on VoiceAmerica Disability Matters show; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC publish nTide 2015 Year in Review; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Creating Career Pathways for Youth with Mental Health Conditions; Office of Women's Health (OWH) at Department of Health and Human Services celebrates 25th anniversary

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NARIC blog post on research and resources for vision loss from NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of Low Vision Awareness Month; accessibility in designing training and educational video games; Southwest ADA Center and ADA Knowledge Translation Center publish factsheet, Postsecondary Institutions and Students with Disabilities; RRTC on Community Living releases Spanish version of Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities; RRTC on Secondary Conditions After SCI at the Medical University of South Carolina enrolls its 5,000th participant in its prospective cohort study; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar, Accessible Means of Egress/Emergency Evacuation; National Council on Disability (NCD) releases three reports on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Resources from NIDILRR community and elsewhere on preparedness during snow conditions, available from NARIC; NIDILRR presents webinar, Translating Evidence-Based Practices to Community Settings for People Aging with Disabilities and Their Caregivers; Healthy Aging RRTC publishes three plain-language summaries of recent research articles; Pathways RTC researcher featured in New York Times article on schizophrenic patients' role in their own care; MSKTC factsheet on spasticity and TBI is published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hosts webinar, Financial Well-Being: Reframing the Conversation; TU Collaborative seeks participants for Distance Supported Education: A Randomized, Controlled Trial; United Way Worldwide offers 2-1-1, a free, confidential information and referral helpline and website connecting people to health and human services in their community.

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Publications on civil rights and disability from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of MLK Day and the anniversary of the ADA, available from NARIC; web-based program for parents of children with TBI; NIDILRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; MSKTC publishes suite of tools, Using Social Media to Promote Your Research; StatsRRTC releases 2015 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics; TU Collaborative hosts webinar, Parenting with a Mental Illness; Explore VR: Increasing Adoption and Utilizaion of a Web-Based Open Share Public Portal of Survey Data on VR and Other Employment Service Providers accepts entries for an Open Data Competition; Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) launches new website on Stay at Work/Return to Work (SAW/RTW).

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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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