News and Notes 108 April 2

NARIC will be in booth 360 at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo in Baltimore, MD, and will give out free passes to the April 12th World of Possibilities Expo in Rockville, MD; NIDRR-funded NWRSCIS has posted Tips for Choosing the Right Wheelchair as part of the SCI Forum Video series; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes is seeking volunteers for an evaluation of its Rehabilitation Measures Database; Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement and National Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning release publication, Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Money and Retirement; NIDRR seeks expert reviewers for its Field Initiated Program competition; principal investigator in NIDRR-funded RRTC on Community Living Policy publishes commentary on improving the provision of long-term services and supports in The Gerontologist; two NIDRR-funded ADA National Network Regional Centers to host the National ADA Symposium 2014 in Denver, CO.

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2014-04-02
NARIC news: 

This week we will be at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo in Baltimore, MD. More than 5,000 occupational therapy professionals will meet to share research and resources on the latest interventions, therapies, and technology. The keynote and other sessions will be webcast live. We'll be in booth 360. In addition to highlighting excellent resources from the NIDRR community, we'll have free passes to the World of Possibilities Expo, April 12th in Rockville, MD. Stop by and say Hi! 

Resource Highlight: 

Tips for Choosing the Right Wheelchair
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110009) recently posted Tips for Choosing the Right Wheelchair, recorded in April 2013 as part of the SCI Forum Video series. Jennifer Hastings, PhD, PT, discussed the principles of seating for maintaining optimal health after SCI, the relationship between seating and skin health, and how and when pressure mapping may be useful. She also provided resources for finding a wheelchair seating expert. 

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition
NIDRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and development) for multiple dates in April, May, and June. NIDRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. All expertise is welcome. Expertise in the following areas is particularly needed: health and disability policy, community living, health promotion activities, spinal cord injury, burn injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, arthritis, amputation, traumatic brain injury (TBI), TBI genetic markers, brain-computer interface, MRI imaging, obesity, neuropathic pain management, autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, emotional/psychiatric disabilities, prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology, cloud computing, communicative-language/vision/hearing, randomized control trials, rehabilitation interventions, fatigue, and statistics. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin. Additional information for this competition is available in the application package

News items: 

LTSS in Focus in The Gerontologist
H. Stephen Kaye, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living Policy (H133B130034), recently published a commentary, Toward a model long-term services and support system: State policy elements (open access), in The Gerontologist. Dr. Kaye discusses an array of policies and practices that could potentially improve the provision of long-term services and supports (LTSS) by shifting from institutional to community-based services, increasing equity across populations, offering consumers more choice and control, improving conditions for workers and caregivers, and promoting improved consumer-level outcomes. 

Grantee event: 

National ADA Symposium
The NIDRR-funded Great Plains (H133A110022) and Rocky Mountain ADA National Network Regional Centers  (H133A110018) will host the National ADA Symposium 2014, June 15th-18th in Denver, CO. The annual conference will provide the latest information on ADA regulations and guidelines, implementation, strategies, and best practices through dynamic, interactive sessions. ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program credits are available. Registration is required and there is a registration fee. 

Participate: 

Rehab Measures Database Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) is seeking volunteers for an evaluation of its Rehabilitation Measures Database. The brief survey covers the advantages of the database as well as areas that need improvement. Survey respondents will be included in a drawing for free registration for the RRTC's summer course, Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes in Older Adults, July 25th at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (a $150 value). 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Financial Steps for Caregivers
The Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) and the National Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning have released a new publication, Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Money and Retirement (PDF). The 26-page guide is designed to help identify financial decisions caregivers may face as they care for family members. Sections cover budgeting, saving for retirement, personal care agreements, identifying financial fraud and abuse, sources of financial help for caregivers and care recipients, end-of-life planning, and more. The publication was developed with funding from the Administration on Aging, now part of the Administration for Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services