News and Notes 31 August 29
This issue includes ADA Quiz Book 4thEdition, survey for 2-1-1 users , presentation from Burn Model Research at ISBI, Developing with Accessibility event, news items highlights work of NIDRR funded projects to improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly veterans, Lancet Series on Physical Activity features chapter on disability, and State of the Science Conference: Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Aging, and Disability.
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NIDRR Research in the News
Two recent news items highlighted the work of NIDRR-funded projects to improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly veterans. Hannah Rudstam, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020), was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about her nationwide survey of human resources professionals and military veterans to study the potential for bias in hiring. Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care was interviewed on NPR affiliate WAMU about the link between TBI and crime.
Lancet Series on Physical Activity Features Chapter on Disability
James Rimmer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Recreation Technology and Exercise Physiology Benefiting Persons with Disabilities (H133E120005), contributed a commentary on the significant disparities in rates of both physical activity and physical inactivity for people with disabilities, the consequences of these disparities for health and participation, and the social and environmental factors that contribute to these disparities. The commentary is part of a new series from The Lancet, focusing on the effects of physical activity across all groups, including people with disabilities. Dr. Rimmer's article and the full series are available free of charge from The Lancet (registration is required).
Burn Model System Research to be Presented at ISBI
Researchers from the NIDRR-funded University of Washington Burn Model System (H133A070047) will present findings in burn injury research during the upcoming 16th Congress of the International Society of Burn Injuries (ISBI), September 10-13, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Gretchen Carrougher RN, MN, will present on the current state of US burn center websites and whether they meet the informational needs of burn survivors, and highlight the Burn Model System National Database
State of the Science Conference: Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Aging, and Disability
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Successful Aging with Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (OPTT-RERC) (H133E080024) will conduct its State of the Science Conference: Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Aging, and Disability, October 25th and 26th, at USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI). This conference will bring together experts in the fields of aging and disability research, rehabilitation engineering, and gerontology. The plenary session on October 25th will be available via live webcast. More information about this State of the Science Conference and related webcast registration is available online.
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090002) continues their monthly quick-poll series with a survey of 2-1-1 users. 2-1-1 provides free, confidential, community level information and referral services, including housing, health care, employment, counseling, and disaster relief. Take the survey now.
Developing with Accessibility
On September 6th and 7th, the FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host Developing with Accessibility, an event designed to spur increased collaboration on accessibility solutions among developers from industry, consumer, and government sectors. The event will offer training on development topics, in-person collaboration on programming projects, and professional networking among developers. Registration and program information is available from the FCC website. The opening session will be webcast live.