News and Notes 94 December 11

Advice on keeping warm in winter from Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System's Tips from the Wheel World series; publication from NIDRR-funded Transitions RTC outlines federal programs that can improve career outcomes for youth with mental health conditions; RRTC-EBP-VR piloting community of practice (CoP) on bridging the gap between research and practice in vocational rehabilitation; free online training module from the Department of Defense on providing computer/electronic accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing users; foldable Morph Wheels for manual wheelchairs, developed with NIDRR funding, wins Design of the Year award from the London Design Museum; Wireless RERC selects software developers for its App Factory; StatsRRTC releases its November Trends in Disability Employment report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; webcast: Using Client Centered Practice and Patient-Reported Outcomes, hosted by Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes. 

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2013-12-11
NARIC news: 

December's here, and with it comes wintry weather. Here in the DC area, we're dodging icy puddles and scraping snow from our windshields. People with disabilities, particularly spinal cord injury, can experience difficulty in keeping warm when temperatures drop. The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (H133N110009) offers these suggestions for keeping warm from their Tips from the Wheel World series. How do you stay warm and safe in the winter? Tweet us @naricinfo and find us on Facebook to share your ideas! 

Resource Highlight: 

Promise for the Future
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Living and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (H133B090018) released Promise for the Future: How Federal Programs Can Improve the Career Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (PDF). This publication examines various federal programs that can provide assistance in meeting the educational, vocational, and basic supports needs of youth and young adults (from ages 16 to 30) with serious mental health conditions. A related compendium of fact sheets on federal programs is also available (PDF). 

News items: 

Morph Wheels Wins Design of the Year
Morph Wheels, developed by Maddak, Inc., in collaboration with the recently-completed NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility (Mobility RERC) (H133E080013) and the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (H133A130014), won the 2013 Design of the Year for Transport from the London Design Museum. The Morph Wheel, profiled by CNN Tech, 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

Apps Selected for Development by Wireless RERC
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) has selected five developers to receive assistance in developing software applications through its App Factory for 2013-2014. This year's applications support a wide range of needs, from tongue-driven wheelchairs to mobile games for children with limited fine motor control. The full list of this year's selections is available from the Wireless RERC, as well as previous App Factory projects. 

November TIDE Report Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) released its November Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report compares labor force participation rates for employment-aged people with disabilities to those without disabilities. Previous TIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Using Client Centered Practice and Patient-Reported Outcomes
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) will host a webcast, Using Client-Centered Practice and Patient-Reported Outcomes, January 14th, 1pm EST. Joy Hammel, PhD, will provide an overview of Patient Reported Outcome Measurements (PROMs) and their use in clinical practice settings. Registration is free but required

Participate: 

Communities of Practice in VR
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) (H133B100034) is piloting a community of practice (CoP) to explore how to bridge the gap between research and practice in VR. Members of this CoP include VR practitioners and leaders in the state-federal VR system, private VR practitioners, researchers, educators, business leaders, and people with disabilities. Information gathered in this CoP will be used to develop future CoPs revolving around skill development, disability-specific strategies connected with successful employment outcomes, and employer needs and market demand. To find out more about CoPs and how to participate, visit the RRTC-EBP-VR website

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Providing Reasonable Accommodations for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) at the Department of Defense released Providing Reasonable Accommodations for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, a free, online training module addressing solutions for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. An archive of other trainings is also available.