News and Notes 18 May 23

This issue includes a peer program on cultural competency toolkit, nationwide study on TBI and Depression, exploring benefits of employing people with disabilities, two articles features in JVIB collaborated by Martin Giesen and Brenda Cavenaugh, Kim Bisset interviews Maryann Davis in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, summer courses in Universal Design, and healthcare access after SCI webcast.

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2012-05-23
NARIC news: 

We're learning so much at the AIRS 2012 conference. The opportunity to network with fellow information providers, especially the aging and disability resource centers, has been invaluable. We're learning about:

We look forward to getting back to our desks and putting this new knowledge to work! 

Resource Highlight: 

Peer Program Cultural Competency Toolkit
The NIDRR-funded National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (H133B100028) has partnered with the NAMI Support Technical Assistance and Resource Center to create a toolkit to help peer-run mental health programs and self-help groups assess and cultivate their cultural competency. The toolkit guides users through a step-by-step process to identify strengths and limitations in meeting the needs of diverse program members. It reviews how to create action plans to enhance cultural competency in five key organizational areas. The tools are applicable to independent living and psychiatric rehabilitation programs as well. Download the tool for free from the UIC NRTC website.

News items: 

New Articles to Appear in JVIB
Two new articles from the NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (H133B100022) have been accepted for publication in the Journal of Visual Impairments and Blindness (JVIB). Researchers J. Martin Giesen and Brenda Cavenaugh collaborated on “A Systematic Review of Transition Interventions Affecting Employability of Youth with Visual Impairments.” J. Martin Giesen has authored a second publication, “Transition-Aged Youths With Visual Impairments in Vocational Rehabilitation: A New Look at Competitive Outcomes and Service.” Both articles will appear in the same issue of JVIB, scheduled to be published near the end of the year. 

Grantees in the News
Maryann Davis, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Transitions Research and Training Center (H133B090018) was interviewed by Kim Bisset, EdD, host of "Picking up the Pieces, Dare to Persevere," a Boston area cable show. The show was taped on May 9th in recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Dr. Davis discusses the specific needs of transition age youth with serious mental health conditions and why they are a unique population in need of age-appropriate services.

Mindy Aisen, MD, and the team at the NIDRR-funded Southern California Model Spinal Cord Injury System (H133N110018)at Rancho Los Amigos were interviewed in the Long Beach Press Telegram and on KTLA about the ReWalk exoskeleton and its potential for people with SCI. 

Upcoming: Summer Courses in Universal Design
The NIDRR-funded Rehab Engineering Research Center for Universal Design in the Built Environment (H133E100002) announced two new continuing education courses available this summer. Core Courses II: Universal Design Principles and Practices and Special Topic: Visitability are available through the IDeA Center's udeworld.com website. American Institute of Architects members may receive continuing education credits. 

Grantee event: 

Reminder: Healthcare Access

After SCI Webcast
Join Lee Saunders, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with SCI (H133B090005) and Center on Health Outcomes Research and Capacity Building for Underserved Populations with SCI and TBI (H133A080064) for a free webcast on May 29th at 3pm. The webcast focuses on health care access after spinal cord injury, assessing secondary health conditions as a function of access to health care after spinal cord injury, and identifying the extent to which African Americans with spinal cord injury have equal access to health care compared to African Americans in the general population. Use this link to watch the webcast on Tuesday.

Participate: 

Nationwide Study on TBI and Depression
The University of Washington is wrapping up its NIDRR- and NIH-funded Life Improvement Following Traumatic brain injury (LIFT) study (H133G070016) to evaluate the effectiveness of 12 sessions of telephone Cognitive Behavioral Therapy over 4 months for treating depression within 10 years of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. There is still time to participate! Contact Kenneth Marshall toll free at 866/577-1925 or mars2087@uw.edu if you or someone you know may be interested. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Exploring the Benefits of Employing People with Disabilities
A recent online article from Forbes contributor and entrepreneur Judy Owen dispels prevailing myths about disability in the workplace and highlights new studies showing employees with disabilities have low rates absenteeism, high company loyalty, and long tenures.