News and Notes 71 June 19

RESNA annual meeting; Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College; Focus Brief issue 37, Lessons Learned in Technology Transfer; Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) employer blog; NIDRR seeks reviewers to participate in peer reviews; physical activity monitor system featured in journal Spinal Cord; NIDRR grantee receives 2013 Disability Policy Research Emerging Investigator Award; Arthritis State of the Science Meeting

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2013-06-19
NARIC news: 

This week, we're packing up our best resources for the annual meeting of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)! We'll be in booth 111 in the exhibit hall, along with many of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) on RERC Row. These projects produce innovative technology and interventions for everything from prosthetics to exercise technology to brain-computer interfaces. We fully expect to "nerd out" as we walk along RERC Row! 

Resource Highlight: 

Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) released The Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College (PDF). The guide advises prospective students on selecting a school, locating supports while at school, managing a disability, and life after college. Other resources such as grant and scholarship information, skills and job assessments, and self-advocacy supports are also included. 

Lessons Learned in Technology Transfer
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (H133A080050) released Lessons Learned in Technology Transfer from Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden and the Trace Research & Development Center, Issue 37 of the Focus Brief series. Gregg Vanderheiden, PhD, and the teams at the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access and Telecommunications Access received the 2013 KT4TT Product Utilization Support and Help (PUSH) Award which recognizes exemplary activities in technology transfer and knowledge transfer. 

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Seeks Reviewers to Participate in Peer Reviews
This summer, NIDRR will conduct multiple competitions, and seeks expert peer reviewers for those competitions below. NIDRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate.

For the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing competition on August 7th to 9th, interested individuals may send CV and contact information to Bonnie Gracer. The priority and background statement are available in the application package.

For the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement competition on July 17th to 19th, interested individuals may send CV and contact information to Bonnie Gracer. The priority and background statement are available in the application package.

For the field-initiated DRRPs and Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC) competitions on multiple dates in August, interested individuals may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin

News items: 

Physical Activity Monitor System Featured in Spinal Cord
The recently-completed NIDRR-funded fellowship Development of a Physical Activity Monitor System (PAMS) for Manual Wheelchair Users (H133F110032) recently published Physical Activity Classification Utilizing SenseWear Activity Monitor in Manual Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury (abstract) online ahead of print in the journal Spinal Cord. The article discusses the use of SenseWear to accurately classify energy expenditure in wheelchair users performing actions such as wheelchair propulsion, arm-ergometery, deskwork activities, and resting. 

Jamie O'Malley Receives 2013 Disability Policy Research Emerging Investigator Award
Jamie O'Malley, PhD, from the recently-completed NIDRR-funded project Vocational Rehabilitation: Transition Services that Lead to Competitive Employment Outcomes for Transition-Age Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments (H133A070001), received the 2013 Disability Policy Research Emerging Investigator Award from the Social Security Administration's Disability Research Consortium. This award will support Dr. O'Malley's continuing research, based on her work under the NIDRR-funded study, of how vocational rehabilitation services and individual characteristics are associated with long term employment of transition-age SSI beneficiaries with blindness or visual impairments. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Employer Assistance and Resource Network Employer Blog
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has launched EARN|Exchange, a new business and disability blog. The blog includes commentary on news and current events in business and disability employment. Articles are written by EARN staff as well as guest bloggers, including experts in human resources, recruiting, training, and more.