News and Notes 38 October 17

This issue includes IDEAL Currency Identifier released for Android, DC and NY areas seeking participants for hearing research studies, Office of Disability Employment Policy releases the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, Michael L. Boninger elected to Institute of Medicine, availability of the Aging with Disability: Demographic, Social, and Policy Considerations proceedings, Nancy Chiaravalloti gets interviewed by News 12 and WMBC about TBI research, and webcast on Beyond Yellow Ribbons: Putting Veterans with Disabilities to Work.

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2012-10-17
NARIC news: 

Veterans with disabilities face multiple challenges as they re-enter the workforce (see the webcast below to learn more). The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 8.5 percent of veterans with service-connected disabilities were unemployed. Continuing our support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we looked to REHABDATA for the latest research and consumer publications on veterans with disabilities and employment, and found more than 130 abstracts across disability and professional areas. For vets, families, and employers, we particularly liked these fact sheets from the Northeast ADA National Network Regional Center.

Resource Highlight: 

IDEAL Currency Identifier Released for Android
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) released the IDEAL Currency Identifier, a currency reader app developed with IDEAL Group and IQ Engines, available for free download through Google Play. The IDEAL Currency Identifier assists individuals who are blind or visually impaired to identify US currency. It is one of several currency readers available for mobile devices.

News items: 

Michael L. Boninger Elected to Institute of Medicine
Michael L. Boninger, MD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded University of Pittsburg Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (H133N110011), has been elected as a new member to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Aging with Disability: Demographic, Social, and Policy Considerations Conference Proceedings Available
Proceedings from the May 2012 conference Aging with Disability: Demographic, Social, and Policy Considerations (H133B080024)are now available online. NIDRR co-sponsored the conference along with the Administration for Community Living, the National Institute on Aging, and the Interagency Committee on Disability Research. Over two days, presentations from researchers and policy makers focused on bridging gaps in knowledge, awareness, and service and support policies and practices between the fields of aging research and disability research. The proceedings are available to download (DOC) free of charge.

TBI Research in the News
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System, (H133A120030) was interviewed by local news stations News 12 and WMBC. The interviews highlighted new research in TBI and the resources and supports available to TBI survivors.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Beyond Yellow Ribbons: Putting Veterans with Disabilities to Work
Hannah Rudstam, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110020) presents Beyond Yellow Ribbons: Putting Veterans with Disabilities to Work, October 26th at 12pm EST. The webcast will discuss findings from her research on veterans with disabilities and the challenges they face in their efforts to transition to work, and will offer practical advice to employers about integrating veterans into the workplace and accommodating their needs. Registration is free but required

Participate: 

Hearing Research Studies (DC & NY)
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement (H133E080006) has several studies seeking participants in the DC and NYC areas. Five studies are looking for adults and children who are cochlear implant users, hearing aid users, have tinnitus, or have no hearing difficulties. Descriptions of each project and contact information are available from the RERC's website.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Workplace Flexibility Toolkit
The Office of Disability Employment Policy released the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, a collection of more than 170 resources for employees, employers, policymakers, and researchers. Workplace Flexibility enables individual and business needs to be met through making changes in when, where, and how an employee works. The Toolkit includes case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles, websites, and more. It is organized by audience, flexibility type, questions by group, and resource categories.