News and Notes 110 April 16

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, five NIDRR-funded projects focus on alcohol and substance abuse, and the NARIC document collection includes more than 280 related publications from the NIDRR community; NIDRR-funded AbleData project releases information sheet on options to pay for assistive devices; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks input and ideas on future SCI factsheet topics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Rounds to present webcast on autism spectrum disorder; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; the NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center and the Institute for Human Centered Design to host art exhibit/poetry slam featuring artists and poets with disabilities; NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases nTIDE Monthly Update of "first Friday" date from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems to host webinar: Reliability and Error in Measurement Instruments Developed with Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory 

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NARIC news: 

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has estimated that approximately 8.9 million American adults with a mental health disability have a co-occurring substance abuse problem and reports that individuals with substance use disorders along with other disabilities are less successful in vocational rehabilitation programs. Currently, five NIDRR-funded projects focus on alcohol and substance abuse as co-occurring with other disabilities such as brain injury, psychiatric disabilities, and sensory disabilities. Our collection includes more than 280 publications from the NIDRR community discussing alcohol and substance abuse, with more than 85 available in full text

Resource Highlight: 

What Are Your Options to Pay for Assistive Devices
The NIDRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) has released a new information sheet, What Are Your Options to Pay for Assistive Devices (PDF). Information provided covers primary funding resources including private and public health insurance; local school districts; vocational rehabilitation agencies; other government-sponsored resources; non-profit organizations; clinical trials and product development; crowd funding via the Internet and social media; auto manufacturer reimbursement programs; and local community, civic, and charitable organizations. 

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: 

New England ADA Center to Host Art Exhibit/Poetry Slam
The NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028)  and the Institute for Human Centered Design (ICHD) hosted an exhibition of artists with disabilities in honor of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The exhibition, scheduled from June 26th through July 28th at ICHD, also featured a poetry slam with poets and spoken word artists with disabilities

nTIDE Report Highlights Trends and Employment Initiatives
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005) released the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Monthly Update 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 nTIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Reliability and Error in Measurement Instruments Developed with Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory
The Analytic Special Interest Group of the NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (PDF) hosted a webinar, Reliability and Error in Measurement Instruments Developed with Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory, April 22nd at 4pm EDT. Alan J. Kozlowski, PhD, discussed the aspects of test development using Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory that relate to measuring and interpreting change over time. Slides from the presentation are available to download (PDF).

Participate: 

Spinal Cord Injury Factsheet Survey
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110004) is seeking input and ideas on future spinal cord injury (SCI) factsheet topics. Individuals with SCI, their families, and advocates are invited to complete a brief survey. Results from the survey will be used to develop new factsheets and other information materials about living with SCI. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Autism Spectrum Disorder - From Numbers to Know-How
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds presented a webcast, Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How, Tuesday, April 22nd, 1-2 pm EDT. Presenters discussed the etiology of autism, surveillance and screening, and evidence-based interventions. No registration is required to watch the webcast. Previous Grand Round webcasts are archived.