News and Notes 113 May 7

May is Mental Health Month, NIDRR-funded RRTC on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions has published a guide to planning a successful health fair for people living with mental health disorders; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center offers a knowledge translation rool, Testing Factsheets with Consumers; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities seeking participants with physical disabilities for focus groups as part of study on employment; webcast on vocational rehabilitation, Making the VR Connection, hosted by the Youth Transitions Collaboration and the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS); NIDRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition for May and June; Nancy Chiaravalloti at NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center delivers 63rd Mendel Lecture at Saint Peter's University; Paul Wehman, director of NIDRR-funded Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence Based Practices, publishes Autism and (un)employment in the Richmond Times Dispatch; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury to host webcast: Ambulation and Secondary Complications After Spinal Cord Injury.

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2014-05-07
NARIC news: 

May is Mental Health Month, sponsored by Mental Health America. This year's campaign, Mind Your Health, focuses on positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health. The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions (H133B100028) created a guide to planning a successful health fair for people living with mental health disorders (PDF). Health fairs can help people in recovery to better manage medical conditions that can be improved with screening, education, and support. The guide takes you step-by-step through organizing a health fair, including creating timelines, checklists, budgets, and surveys.

Resource Highlight: 

Testing Factsheets with Consumers
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) offers Testing Factsheets with Consumers (PDF), a knowledge translation tool designed to help researchers test information products with their intended audience. This tool presents the goals, approaches, and protocols needed when testing factsheets developed for burn, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury survivors and the family and friends who may participate in the survivors’ care. Although designed primarily for these audiences, the tool can be adapted for other consumer groups.

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: 

Nancy Chiaravalloti Presents 63rd Mendel Lecture
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, project director of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (H133A120030), delivered the 63rd Mendel Lecture at Saint Peter's University, April 24th, speaking on the topic of Treating Cognitive Deficits Following Neurological Illness and Injury. The Mendel Lecture provides a forum for authorities in biology and related fields to speak on important issues in their area of expertise.

Autism Research in Focus in Times Dispatch
Paul Wehman, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence Based Practices, published Autism and (un) employment in a recent issue of the Richmond Times Dispatch. Dr. Wehman discussed the state of employment for people with autism and the success of the Project SEARCH model, the focus of his current study.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Ambulation and Secondary Complications After Spinal Cord Injury
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) will host a webcast, Ambulation and Secondary Complications After Spinal Cord Injury (PDF), May 22nd, 12-1pm ET. Lee Saunders, PhD, will discuss the relationship between prescription medication use and ability to ambulate distances after SCI, secondary complications related to assistive walking devices, and the relationship of assistive walking devices and fall-related injuries.  Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Employment Focus Groups
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011) is recruiting people with physical disabilities for focus groups as part of a study to identify what people with physical disabilities want and need to know about employment. Participants must be working age and have one or more of the following disabilities: spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or arthritis, or be young adults (18-23) with one of these conditions. Focus groups are conducted by phone and all participants will receive a $50 gift card. A consent form and application are available online.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Youth Transitions Collaborative - Making the VR Connection!
The Youth Transitions Collaborative, in partnership with the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will host a webcast, Making the VR Connection, May 15th, 1-4pm, ET. The event is designed to inform youth with disabilities, their family members, practitioners, vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors, public and private sector agencies, educators, and other stakeholders in the transition community about the importance of collaboration to ensure a smooth transition process for students with disabilities as they exit school and prepare for post-school activities. There is no registration: Visit the program page at the start of the webcast.