News and Notes 32 September 5

Welcome to September! The last of the summer vacations have wrapped up, we're back at our desks, and classrooms are buzzing from kindergarten through college. If you're headed back to school, check out these resources for students with disabilities at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. If you're a researcher or professional in education, search REHABDATA for the latest publications and reports in your field.

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2012-09-05
NARIC news: 

Welcome to September! The last of the summer vacations have wrapped up, we're back at our desks, and classrooms are buzzing from kindergarten through college. If you're headed back to school, check out these resources for students with disabilities at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. If you're a researcher or professional in education, search REHABDATA for the latest publications and reports in your field.

Resource Highlight: 

Barriers and Supports for Research Use
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (H133A100026) offers an online workshop presenting ideas and strategies to promote the use of high quality research information to support employment of people with disabilities. Barriers and how to address them are also discussed. The workshop is self-paced. Continuing education credits are available. Register online at the KTER website.

News items: 

New Research on Work-Limiting Health Conditions and Older Workers
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities (H133B100030) examines earnings and income for older workers experiencing the onset of a medical condition that limits their ability to work. Income from unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, and retirement and disability benefits offset only a small amount of the earnings' decline, resulting in decreased overall household income after onset of the work-limiting condition. "The Financial Repercussions of New Work-Limiting Health Conditions for Older Workers" (abstract) appears in the Summer 2012 issue of Inquiry.

Grantee event: 

Promising Practices in Personal Assistance Services in Emergencies Concludes Summer Webcast Series
The NIDRR-funded Center for Personal Assistance Services (PAS) (H133B080002) concludes its summer webcast series with Using Medical Reserve Corps for PAS in Shelters, September 19th at 2pm EST. For those responsible for planning shelters after an emergency or disaster, the task of finding personal assistants to work in shelters assisting those with personal needs is a key element. In Missouri, the state agency has been using the Medical Reserve Corps to provide the person power needed. This webinar will review the set-up and process of using the Medical Reserve Corps. This session will be archived with previous programs in this series and other webcasts on the PAS Center website.

WEBCAST: VCU Center on Health Disparities Research Training Programs TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Project Empowerment: Improving Minority Disability Research Capacity (H133A080060) presents a webcast at 2pm EST TODAY, highlighting cross-discipline training opportunities in disability and rehabilitation research. Joyce Lloyd, PhD, and Suzanne Barbour, PhD, will discuss research training programs that address health disparities among minority groups. The webcast is free and registration is open at the Project Empowerment website. The webcast will be archived along with previous programs.

Participate: 

Health Information Needs Study
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) is recruiting individuals who serve as primary caregivers to people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or burn injuries to better understand caregivers' health information needs. Participants will be interviewed by phone and compensated for their time. Visit the MSKTC website or email msktc@air.org for further information.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The Social Security Administration Mental Health Treatment Study Webinar
On September 11th at 1:30pm EST, join the Interagency Committee on Disability Research, in collaboration with the Social Security Administration and Rehabilitation Services Administration, for a FREE webinar presentation of the Mental Health Treatment Study, which evaluated the impact that better access to treatment and employment support services had on outcomes such as medical recovery, functioning, employment, and benefit received by for Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries with a primary impairment of schizophrenia or affective disorder. This webinar will provide the background and design of the study, the results, and discuss implementation of evidence based practices and next steps. The meeting will be webcast live (this link will only be active during the meeting). To join the meeting by phone, dial 1-888-296-6500 and enter 745046#. Early registration is encouraged.