News and Notes 91 November 20

Spread diabetes awareness during American Diabetes Month through the American Diabetes Association's Day in the Life of Diabetes Campaign -- nearly 100 related documents available from NARIC; new SCI Grand Rounds recording on cardiometabolic component hazards accompanying SCI; participants sought for Wireless RERC survey on the usefulness of Wireless Emergency Alerts; new report from Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council on sports-related concussions in youth; ADA Centers presented with awards from the Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability; special issue of Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education focusing on concepts behind positive psychology, articles of which are available on RRTC-EBP-VR website; completely foldable Morph Wheel developed by Maddak, Inc., RERC, and KT4TT wins Popular Science award; webinar: Promoting Positive Development Among Emerging Adults With Serious Mental Health Conditions.

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2013-11-20
NARIC news: 

November is American Diabetes Month, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes while another 79 million with prediabetes are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. During the month of November, the American Diabetes Association invites collaborators to help spread diabetes awareness through its Day in the Life of Diabetes campaign and educational materials on diabetes available in both English and Spanish.The NARIC collection includes nearly 100 documents from NIDRR-funded projects focusing on diabetes as a chronic condition or a secondary condition to other disabilities. We have more than 1,000 items from other sources as well: here's a quick look at nearly 250 items added in the last 5 years

Resource Highlight: 

New SCI Grand Rounds
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090005) at the Medical University of South Carolina released a recording of Cardiometabolic Component Hazards Accompanying Spinal Cord Injury: Guideline-Driven Approaches for Effective Risk Management (MP4), featuring Mark Nash, PhD, of the University of Miami. This lecture, part of the SCI Grand Rounds Series, originally aired in October 2013. Slides are also available (PDF). 

News items: 

ADA Centers Receive LEAD Awards
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes (H133A110029), Mid-Atlantic (H133A110017), and New England ADA Centers  (H133A110028) were presented with the 2013 Award for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership from the Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD). The Award for Excellence recognized each Center's long-standing commitment to accessibility in the cultural arts for people with disabilities and older adults.The purpose of these awards is to increase awareness and focus on the importance of accessibility in artistic and cultural institutions. 

Positive Psychology in Focus
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) (H133B100034) recently contributed to the development of a special issue of Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education (abstracts only) focusing on the concepts and research behind positive psychology. Plain language summaries of several articles from this issue can be found on the RRTC-EBP-VR website

Morph Wheels Wins Popular Science Award
Morph Wheels, developed by Maddak, Inc., in collaboration with the recently-completed NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility (RERC) (H133E080003) and the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (H133A130014), won Popular Science's Best of What's New Award in the health category. The Morph Wheel is the first completely foldable wheel designed for manual wheelchairs. Maddak engaged the RERC for the alpha testing and development of Morph Wheels; KT4TT performed focus group testing and technical review through alpha and beta phases along with the RERC and Beneficial Designs

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Promoting Positive Development Among Emerging Adults with SMHCs
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019) will host a webinar, Promoting Positive Development Among Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions, December 3rd, 1-2pm EST. This webinar will outline the Pathways model, presented at the RTC's State-of-the-Science Conference, which describes how providers can work productively and effectively with young people who experience serious mental health conditions (SMHCs). Registration is free but required

Participate: 

Wireless Alerts Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E060061) is conducting a survey to understand the accessibility and usefulness of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). These alerts are automatic, provide AMBER alerts and weather emergency notifications, and do not require registration or a subscription to receive them. Participants who complete the survey may be eligible for one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. To take the survey by phone, please email DeeDee Bennett or call 404/385-4618. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Sports-Related Concussions in Youth
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council released a new report, Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture. The report from the Joint Committee on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth finds that, while some studies provide useful information, much remains unknown about the extent of concussions in youth. The report discusses concussion diagnosis, management, and prevention; and the short- and long-term consequences of concussions, as well as repetitive head impacts that do not result in concussion symptoms. The full report is available to download (free registration required).