News and Notes 34 September 19

This issue includes Research to Practice Briefs highlighting the achievements of active projects, health information technology survey, Includification: A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility, the Wireless RERC’s launches an updated Survey of User Needs, NCSCIMS provided insight into the long-term outlook for men with violence-related SCI in DC for a recent Washington Post article, conference exploring advances in care and research and strategies for overcoming barriers to recovery from brain injury, and a webinar on using medical reserve corps for PAS in shelters.

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2012-09-19
NARIC news: 

This September is the ninth annual National Emergency Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For tips and programs to help you and your family prepare for potential emergencies, visit the CDC Be Ready page or find local resources with this ready.gov atlas of states and territories. If you're an emergency management administrator or someone who uses personal assistance services (PAS), we recommend these webinars on from the PAS Center on emergency management and including people with disabilities and their caregivers (don't forget the one happening TODAY - see below) as well as these selections from REHABDATA.

Resource Highlight: 

Research to Practice Briefs
The NIDRR-funded project Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (H133B080027) publishes regular Research to Practice Briefs, highlighting the achievements of active projects. The most recent issue, Project SEARCH Case Studies (PDF), discusses the results of a one-year educational program for students with significant disabilities in their last year of high school. This study was also featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

News items: 

Getting Real about Life with SCI in DC
Suzanne L. Groah, MD, MSPH, Project Director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (2009-2014) (H133B090002) and the National Capital Spinal Cord Injury Model System (NCSCIMS) (2006-2011), provided insight into the long-term outlook for men with violence-related SCI in DC for a recent Washington Post article "In D.C., another measure of gun violence: Men in wheelchairs." Dr. Groah's comment was based on data collected by the NCSCIMS from individuals with SCI in the DC region for the national SCI database

Grantee event: 

Conference: Brain Injury - From Research to Rebuilding Lives
Join the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (H133A120030) at the Kessler Conference Center September 27th and 28th for a two-day conference exploring advances in care and research and strategies for overcoming barriers to recovery from brain injury. Day 1 is for professionals, Day 2 is for consumers. Registration for the Professional and Consumer conferences are free but required. 

REMINDER: Using Medical Reserve Corps for PAS in Shelters Webinar TODAY
The webinar from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services (H133B080002) happens TODAY at 2pm EST. Login at conference time.

Participate: 

Health Information Technology Survey
The NIDRR-funded field initiated project Accessible Designs for Personal Health Records (H133G110095) is conducting a survey to understand how people with disabilities access their medical information to manage their healthcare. The 10-minute survey asks what healthcare tasks and information are important to people with disabilities. The survey collects no personal information and all responses are confidential.

The Wireless RERC's Updated Survey of User
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) just launched an updated version of its comprehensive Survey of User Needs (SUN). Since 2001, more than 5,000 people have completed the SUN for wireless technology. The SUN is the Wireless RERC’s cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities. The newest update includes questions on mobile apps and social media. Data gathered through the SUN helps the wireless industry develop new technology that can be used by everyone. The complete survey and related reports are available from the Wireless RERC website.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Includification
The AbleGamers Foundation has released Includification: A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility (PDF), a 48-page, full color guide to building accessible games for everything from mobile devices to gaming consoles. The guide is divided into sections for universal design, and mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities. It includes consumer quotes and extensive statistics to support universal design for gaming. The guide is available free to download from includification.com