News and Notes 27 August 1

This issue includes Focus Technical Briefs on KT for Tech Transfer, recruitment registry for research studies to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for people who are visually impaired, NRD connects Wounded Warriors, active service members, families, and caregivers to federal, state, local and online resources, Gregg Vanderheiden interviews at the International Conference on computers helping people, research on making in-flight info accessible to all, and presentations from National Transitions Conference 2012.

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2012-08-01
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Resource Highlight: 

Focus Technical Briefs on KT for Tech Transfer
Joseph Lane, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (H133A120012), has authored the latest issue of Focus Briefs: Tracking Evidence of Knowledge Use Through Knowledge Translation, Technology Transfer, and Commercial Transactions (published by SEDL). This is the 5th issue from the KT4TT project. Previous issues from KT4TT are also available to download.The full catalog of Focus Briefs is available from SEDL's website. 

News items: 

GPII in Focus at ICCHP '12
Gregg Vanderheiden, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Interface and IT Access (H133E080022) was interviewed at the International Conference on Computers Helping People conference on the future of accessible IT and what it means to people with disabilities around the world. The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) concept, which originated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, proposes instant and automatic personalization of any device a person encounters to match their individual abilities.

New Research on Making In-Flight Info Accessible to All
The July issue of Ergonomics in Design features an article from the National Center on Accessible Media's NIDRR-funded field initiated project to develop a prototype accessible in-flight entertainment (IFE) system (H133G050254) for people with sensory disabilities. "Accessible In-Flight Entertainment Systems for Blind and Deaf Passengers" (abstract only) describes a system that provides access through descriptive menus and captioned content, among other features. Results are under review by the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of a proposed supplemental rulemaking on requirements for accessible IFE systems.

Presentations from National Transitions Conference 2012 Now Available
Presentations by staff of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center - Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (H133A120152) from the National Transitions Conference 2012 are now available to download. Presentations focused on environmental barriers to college success for students with psychiatric disabilities, research on education and employment supports, and creating a community of practice for supporting youth with mental health conditions. The single PDF file includes slides for all RRTC presentations

Participate: 

BL/VI Research Participant Registry
Mississippi State University National Research and Training Center, home of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (H133E110004), maintains a recruitment registry for current and future research. Individuals interested in participating in research studies to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for people who are blind or visually impaired are encouraged to fill out the initial survey.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory (NRD) connects Wounded Warriors, active service members, families, and caregivers to federal, state, local, and online resources. Search or browse for housing, employment, healthcare, and other benefits and resources. The wide range of resources included makes the NRD a good information tool for searchers outside of the military community, too.