News and Notes 112 April 30

With May designated Healthy Vision Month, Getting Started kit from VisionAware offers resources to help people who are new to vision loss; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) has released recording of A Peer Navigator Health Promotion Intervention for People with SCI; NIDRR-funded Healthy Aging RRTC has published How to Age Well with Secondary Problems; US Access Board has published new online guides for the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards; NIDRR seeks reviewers for its Field Initiated Program (FIP) competition for May and June 2014; work of the NIDRR-funded project on Classification and Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Interventions featured in March issue of Physical Therapy; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Physiology Benefiting People with Disabilities named to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board; NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center continues its ADA Live series with Emergency Shelter Preparedness: Two Perspectives.

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2014-04-30
NARIC news: 

Tomorrow is May 1st, the start of Healthy Vision Month, sponsored by the National Eye Institute at National Institutes of Health, encouraging Americans to make their eye health a priority and educating them about steps they can take to protect their vision. According to VisionAware, over 20 million Americans report vision problems. At the American Occupational Therapy Association conference last month, we checked out the VisionAware Getting Started kit (also available in plain text and Spanish), with tip sheets and other resources to help people who are new to vision loss.

Resource Highlight: 

SCI Grand Rounds - A Peer Navigator Health Promotion Intervention for People with SCI
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 (MUSC) released a recording of A Peer Navigator Health Promotion Intervention for People with SCI (plug-in required or view the slide PDFs), presented by Susan Newman, PhD, RN, from the College of Nursing at MUSC. This lecture, part of the SCI Grand Rounds Series, originally aired on February 26th.

How to Age Well with Secondary Problems
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Healthy Aging RRTC) (H133B130018) has published How to Age Well with Secondary Problems. This publication provides a plain-language summary of the Healthy Aging RRTC's article Modeling secondary health conditions in adults aging with physical disability (abstract), published in the April issue of the Journal of Aging and Health.

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 May and June 2014. NIDRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. Specifically, NIDRR is seeking expertise on cloud computing for a review panel on May 20th-22nd, and health policy for a review panel on June 2nd-4th. 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: 

Physical Therapy Features Rehabilitation Treatment Taxonomy
The work of the NIDRR-funded project on Classification and Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Interventions (H133A080053) is featured in Toward a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy: Summary of work in progress in the March issue of the journal Physical Therapy. The article summarizes work toward a conceptual framework for a cross-disciplinary taxonomy and classification that offers terms and concepts needed to talk about rehabilitation treatments. The article is followed by four invited commentaries. All five articles are available free in full text.

James Rimmer Named to President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board
James Rimmer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise and Recreation Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting People with Disabilities (H133E120005), has been named to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Science Board. Dr. Rimmer is the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the post.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live - Emergency Shelter Preparedness: Two Perspectives
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) continues its monthly ADA Live series with Emergency Shelter Preparedness: Two Perspectives, May 7th 1-1:30 ET. Center staff discuss what emergency managers and shelter operators need to know in order to prepare for housing people with disabilities and what people with disabilities need to do to prepare for emergency evacuations. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Online Guides to the ADA and ABA Standards
The US Access Board has published new online guides for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. The online publications feature illustrated technical guides and animations that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best-practice recommendations. Sign up for alerts for future installments in this series and other Access Board news.