News and Notes 35 September 26

This issue includes Fundamentals of Measurements in Rehabilitation for Older Adults webinar, cancer survivor survey, Building A Life guide for young people with disabilities, The New Frontier in Accessible Transportation article highlights Tiramisu, Lisa Razzano receives HMPRG Research Award, webinar on returning to work after traumatic brain injury, and 2013 NARRTC Conference.

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2012-09-26
NARIC news: 

October is almost here, and so is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Employment statistics for people with disabilities are consistently lower than for working age people without disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy lists the August unemployment rate at nearly 14%, versus 8% for those without disabilities. We'll highlight the most recent research and resources on employment and NDEAM throughout October in this newsletter, and Twitter, Facebook, and the Spotlight blog.

Resource Highlight: 

Fundamentals of Measurement in Rehabilitation for Older Adults
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) has published a free webinar titled “Fundamentals of Measurement in Rehabilitation for Older Adults” (plugin required). Topics include selecting valid and reliable measures for specific clinical situations, understanding the common clinical sources of measurement error and what to do about them, and how to interpret measurements from assessments.

News items: 

Transportation App in the Spotlight
Tiramisu, the crowd-sourced transportation app from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (H133E080019), was highlighted in an article titled The New Frontier in Accessible Transportation, in the most recent issue of Public Roads Magazine from the Federal Highway Administration. Tiramisu uses GPS technology to alert riders with disabilities to accessible buses en route to their destination. The article also features other innovations that help travelers with disabilities and how they can enhance the road experience for everyone. Tiramisu is available for Android and iPhone users in Pittsburgh and Syracuse with more cities to come.

Lisa Razzano to Receive HMPRG Research Award
Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded field initiated project A Supported Employment Program for People with HIV/AIDS (H133G110108), will receive the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG) Award for Research. HMPRG awards recognize members of the public health and policy community whose vision, leadership, and work serve as embodiments of, or testaments to, public health and social justice vision and values.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Getting to Work After a Traumatic Brain Injury
Join the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Supported Employment (H133A100026) for Getting to Work After a Traumatic Brain Injury, a webcast October 23rd at 2pm EST. Nathan Zasler, MD, and Patricia Goodall will discuss research and strategies for returning to work following a traumatic brain injury. They will also be available to answer questions in a webboard following the presentation. Registration is free of charge for individuals or agencies.

Save the Date: 2013 NARRTC Conference
The annual meeting and conference of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) is set for April 18th and 19th, 2013 in Alexandria, VA. NARRTC is a membership organization of NIDRR grantees, and the NARRTC conference features the latest findings from NIDRR-funded research and development projects. Online registration opens November 1st. Call for papers opens November 15th. Watch narrtc.org for updates.

Participate: 

Cancer Survivors Survey
The NIDRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027) and SEDL are conducting a survey to document the employment-related needs of people who have or have survived cancer. The findings will help employers, healthcare providers, and people with cancer to be more aware of cancer survivors' employment-related needs and how to address them. All personal data collected in this 15-minute survey will be confidential and no employers will be identified in published reports. Email dbtac@sedl.org or call Kathleen Murphy at 800/476-6861. All qualifying participants receive a Target gift card.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Building a Life
Building a Life is a guide for young people with disabilities and their families to help them plan for transition, at any life stage. The online guide has resources, services, supports, ideas, and tools to help support young adults in their transition, as well as tools for them to learn about self-advocacy and independence. The guide was developed by the University of Kansas Life Span Institute. It includes some resources just for Kansans with disabilities, but the majority of the resources would be helpful to any young person and their family as they move through the big phases of life.