News and Notes 56 March 6

CSUN summary; research to VR practice newsletter; survey of user needs; disability characteristics of income-based government assistance recipients in the United States: 2011; information retrieval for international disability and rehabilitation research; new open access article on Need to Knowledge Model; developing a personal emergency preparedness plan for individuals with SCI.

Date sent: 
2013-03-06
NARIC news: 

We had such a delightful time at the CSUN International Conference on Technology and Disability, particularly meeting and sharing information with researchers from current and former NIDRR grantees NPR Labs, Sendero Group, CharmTech Labs, and Dancing Dots, as well as the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) and the RERC on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (H133E080011). Everyday, we read about amazing technology being developed around the world, but it was mind-blowing to see it action! WebAbleTV has posted the keynote addresses along with some of the fascinating presentations

Resource Highlight: 

Research to VR Practice Newsletter
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (H133B100034) offers Research to VR Practice, a quarterly newsletter focusing on knowledge and tools for evidence-based vocational rehabilitation practices. This research is designed to improve employment rates, and quality of employment, for people with disabilities. All issues are archived and subscription is free.  

News items: 

New Open Access Article on Need to Knowledge Model
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (H133A080050) has published Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model: An Evidence-Based Framework for Generating Technological Innovations with Socio-Economic Impacts in the open access journal Implementation Science. The article explains how knowledge translation models and methods can be combined within a stage/gate framework, with each stage, action step, and decision gate supported by excerpts from the literature previously reviewed. This is the third in a series, with previous articles published in 2012 and 2010

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Information Retrieval for International Disability and Rehabilitation Research TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133A120012) presents Information Retrieval for International Disability and Rehabilitation Research TODAY at 2pm CST. John Stone, PhD, and Dan Conley of the NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) discuss the importance of utilizing international research and provide tips on using the CIRRIE Database of International Rehabilitation Research to access such information. Registration is free but required

Webcast and Live Chat: Developing a Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan for Individuals with SCI
The NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center (H133N120002) and the Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (H133N110010) present Developing a Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan for Individuals with SCI, March 14th, 6:30-8:00pm EST. This webcast and live chat will discuss how consumers can prepare for emergencies by developing a plan that meets their specific needs, as well as state and national resources that can help individuals identify emergency support services in their own areas. Registration for the webcast is free but required. Register online or call 866/607-1804. 

Participate: 

Survey of User Needs
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) continues to collect data through the Survey of User Needs (SUN), its cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technologies by people with disabilities. The latest version of the SUN 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. Take the survey online or contact John Morris at 404/367-1348 to complete the survey by phone or request a paper copy. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011
The Census Bureau published several reports from the American Community Survey in February, including Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 (PDF). The brief shows the prevalence of disability among civilian non-institutionalized adults (18+) who received income-based government assistance including cash assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and in-kind assistance programs such as Medicaid. More reports are available from the Census website.