News and Notes 62 April 17

Annual meeting of NARRTC; Americans with Disabilities Act Scoping Review; self-management and SCI survey; the Help America Vote Act 10 years later; Third International Transformational Technology Summit sessions available online; Sprint ID packs receive US Disability Matters Award; NEW-R Curriculum feature in PsyR Connection issue; State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After SCI course.

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2013-04-17
NARIC news: 

This week is the annual meeting of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) here in the DC area. We look forward to this meeting every year because we have the chance to hear from members of the NIDRR research community and learn how their work is changing the lives of people with disabilities. We'll be tweeting and posting links throughout the meetings on Thursday and Friday. Look for #NARRTC2013 in your newsfeed! Today, however, our thoughts are with the people who were hurt in the explosions at the Boston Marathon. We wish all a safe recovery! 

Resource Highlight: 

Americans with Disabilities Act Scoping Review
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014), including the 10 ADA Regional Centers and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, has released the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Systematic Review: Scoping Review plain language summary and technical report. The scoping review is the first step in a three-step process that will result in a comprehensive systematic review of the research on the ADA. PDF versions of the summary and technical report are also available. 

News items: 

Sprint ID Packs Receive US Disability Matters Award
The Sprint Relay ID pack and accessibility-themed Sprint ID packs, funded and developed through the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) App Factory project and Apps4Android, will receive the 2013 Disability Matters Marketplace Award. The ID packs enable non-visual access to smartphones, apply text-to-speech for reading RSS news feeds and YouTube content, utilize GPS-based navigational directions when driving or walking, and allow for the use of a phone to locate and identify objects in the home and workplace. The Sprint accessibility ID packs in particular allow individuals with disabilities to more easily and fully use their devices, using voice commands, barcode readers, and other technology. Sprint users with "Everything Data" plans may download the ID packs for free through the Sprint ID link on their phones. 

NEW-R Curriculum Featured in PsyR Connection
Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness and Recovery (NEW-R), a curriculum developed by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions (H133B100028), was featured in the first quarter issue of PsyR Connection (PDF, page 8) from the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. NEW-R guides participants through interactive learning experiences and enhances motivation by focusing on small, manageable changes that can result in big success. In addition to a participant manual (PDF), a step-by-step leader manual (PDF) includes general principles for implementation along with learning objectives, a list of materials, discussion questions, and learning activities for each session. 

Grantee event: 

Third International Transformational Technology Summit Sessions Available Online
The NIDRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Center (H133N110018) hosted its Third Annual International Transformational Technology Summit—Robotics in Rehabilitation: The Future is Now! in February at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. This summit brought together experts in the fields of SCI, rehabilitation, robotics, and brain computer interface. Twenty session videos are available for viewing on Rancho Research Institute's YouTube Channel

State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After SCI
Register through April 21st for The State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After Spinal Cord Injury (PDF), a pre-course to the 40th anniversary annual meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association, May 5th in Chicago, IL. This course is co-hosted by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090005) at the Medical University of South Carolina and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

Participate: 

Self-Management and Spinal Cord Injury
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090002)  posted their quick-poll for April: Sources for Self-Management and SCI. The survey is designed to gather data on the websites, publications, and professionals people with SCI turn to for information on self-care and SCI in general.  

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The Help America Vote Act Ten Years Later: Has the Law Accomplished Its Aim?
The National Council on Disability (NCD) will convene a policy forum April 23rd, 2-4:30 pm EDT, at Room 608 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC, to focus on the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the state of voting accessibility today. The forum will explore what HAVA was intended to do, what it has accomplished, what work remains, and what policy measures would assist in addressing the persistent barriers experienced by people with disabilities when attempting to exercise their fundamental and cherished right to vote. Testimony will include Members of Congress, representatives from federal agencies and the Administration, and the civil rights and disability communities, as well as the questions asked of the witnesses by the NCD Council Members. The event is open to the public with no reservations required. NCD will also accept written testimony up to May 7th via email to asommers@ncd.gov