News and Notes 95 December 18

Reader input on News and Notes requested; Wireless RERC releases research brief on cellphone Internet use by people with disabilities; volunteers with SCI sought for study about daily physical activities and history of respiratory health; "Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work," a YouTube video from the SSA about services offered through the Ticket to Work program; staff from NIDRR-funded Pathways RTC to serve as guest editors of 2014 issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research (JBHS&R); free national radio program "ADA Live! Effective Communication" airs the first Wednesday of every month; State of the Science Conference: Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap, April 8th and 9th in Bethesda, MD.

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2013-12-18
NARIC news: 

2013 is drawing to a close and with it comes our last issue for the year. Over the last year, we've shared so many excellent news stories, resources, and events from across the NIDRR community. As we head into 2014, we invite you to give us your input on News and Notes and tell us how we can improve it in the coming year. We wish you all very happy holidays and all the best for the new year. 

Resource Highlight: 

SUNspot #7 - Adults with Disabilities and Cellphone Internet Use
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) recently released SUNspot #7: Adults with Disabilities and Cellphone Internet Use (PDF). This issue focuses on the use of the Internet by people with disabilities utilizing mobile phones. The Wireless RERC's SUNspot and other research briefs report on data collected through the Survey of User Needs

News items: 

Mental Health Services for Young Adults in Focus for JBHS&R
Staff from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019) will serve as guest editors for an upcoming issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research (JBHS&R). The issue, to be published Fall 2014, will focus on empirically-based interventions for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. Articles may be submitted up to February 15th (PDF). 

Grantee event: 

ADA Live! - Effective Communication
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA National Network Center (H133A110021) will air the fourth episode of the free monthly national radio program ADA Live! - Effective Communication, on January 8th, 1-1:30pm EST. Julia Sain of Disability Rights and Resources will discuss the obligations of people who serve those with disabilities to ensure they can communicate effectively with their clients. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance. ADA Live! airs the first Wednesday of each month. Schedule and archives are available online

Save the Date: State of the Science - Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (H133B100034), Employment Policy and Measurement (H133B100030), and Individual Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B120005) will host a State of the Science Conference: Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap (PDF), April 8th and 9th in Bethesda, MD. The conference will showcase research from the three centers that advances evidence-based practices and policies to close the employment gap between people with and without disabilities. Registration will open in early 2014. 

Participate: 

Exercise and Breathlessness in SCI Survey
The NIDRR-funded Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110010) and the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110018) are recruiting volunteers with spinal cord injury for a study about daily physical activities and history of respiratory health. The goal is to look at the relationship between breathing, life satisfaction, and time spent on daily activities. Qualified participants will receive $25. Contact Sandy at 562/401-7177 for more information or to schedule a survey. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Meet Ben! An Intro to Ticket to Work
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has posted Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work, a new, four-minute YouTube video explaining options and services offered through the Ticket to Work Program. Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program from SSA that provides employment support services for people age 18 through 64 with disabilities who want to work without limiting access to Medicare, Medicaid, and other benefits.