News and Notes 48 January 9

This issue includes SCI Forum video- It Happened to Both of Us, National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families Fall 2013 Scholarship, National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability, Tiramisu wins FCC Chairman’s Award, Campbell Collaboration Accepts KTER Systematic Reviews, and a webinar on Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations.

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2013-01-09
NARIC news: 

Welcome to 2013! We hope you had a restful holiday and are ready to take on the new year. Many people start the year resolving to eat better, exercise more often, and be generally healthier, including people with disabilities. Where do you start? You could check out the accessibility of your local gym, learn how to make healthy food choices, or simply get out into nature! Share your resolution on our Facebook page!

Resource Highlight: 

SCI Forum Video - It Happened to Both of Us
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS) (H133N110009) presents It Happened to Both of Us: Conversations with Couples. Panels of couples who were together before injury and are still together talk about their experiences and what they do to stay connected and maintain a healthy relationship. This is the latest in the NWRSCIS SCI Forum series.

News items: 

Tiramisu Wins FCC Chairman's Award
Tiramisu, a smartphone app developed by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (H133E080019), received the Federal Communications Commission Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility in the Geo-location Services category. This crowdsourcing app, which enables transit riders to create and share realtime information about bus schedules, seating, and barriers to access, was launched in Pittsburgh in 2011 and is now also in use in Syracuse, NY. Preparations are underway to deploy it in Brooklyn, NY. Tiramisu development continues under an SBIR project that is funded by the Department of Transportation. More information on the six Chairman's Award winning projects is available from the FCC (PDF).

Campbell Collaboration Accepts KTER Systematic Reviews
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (H133A100026) is conducting two systematic reviews following the methods required for publication by the Campbell Collaboration (C2). Employment Interventions for Return to Work in Working Aged Adults Following Traumatic Brain Injury and Nonmedical Interventions to Facilitate Employment for Cancer Survivors Seeking Work have both been accepted as titles by the C2 Education Coordinating Group and the protocols are well underway.

Grantee event: 

WEBINAR: Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) and Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027) offer Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process of Employee Accommodations, a free webinar presented in collaboration with RESNA, at 2pm EST on January 23rd. This webinar will discuss how assistive technology demonstrations, equipment loans, and ADA support and technical assistance from the ADA National Network may enhance the interactive accommodations process. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families Fall 2013 Scholarship
The NIDRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families (H133A080034) and Through the Looking Glass are now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 scholarship program. The program is open to college students currently enrolled in, or high school seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year college in Fall 2013, who have at least one parent with a disability. Essays and applications are due March 11, 2013. Selection criteria, application packages, and frequently asked questions are available from the project website. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers publications, online tools, and information and consultation services to people with disabilities, families, caregivers, policy makers, organizations, healthcare practitioners, and the fitness community on health promotion, physical activity, and weight management for people with disabilities. The site features the 14 Week Program, a free, web-based, personalized physical activity and nutrition program targeted to people with chronic conditions, mobility limitations, and physical disabilities. The website also includes videos, directories, newsletters, and other publications for a wide range of disabilities and activities.