News and Notes 114 May 14

Publications available from NARIC in observation of Global Accessibility Awareness Day; co-occurring disorders among youth with mental health challenges in Focal Point, the newsletter of NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Scondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with SCI seeks participants for survey on experiences meeting people post SCI, including online dating; theme for 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month announced; project director of NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center receives Distinguished Service Award from the American Burn Association (ABA); director emeritus of NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA); director of NIDRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center featured in two articles on screening for brain injury in special populations; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Developing Strategies to Foster CIP for Inividuals with TBI will present webinar for caregivers on Managing Memory Deficits in the Community.

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2014-05-14
NARIC news: 

May 15th is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a community-driven effort to raise the profile of digital accessibility and introduce it to the broadest possible audience. Throughout the day, you'll see #GAAD across social media platforms as designers, developers, and champions of information and communication technology work to raise awareness of accessibility issues. Follow @GblA11yDay as they share accessibility information and events from around the world (#a11y is Twitter shorthand for accessibility). You may be interested in some of these publications on information technology and accessibility from the NIDRR community and other sources available from the NARIC collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Focal Point Co-Occurring Disorders
The latest issue of Focal Point, the newsletter of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Supporting Successful Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (H133B090019), focuses on co-occurring disorders among youth with mental health challenges. Eleven articles examine treatments and supports for young adults with mental health challenges who have co-occurring substance use issues, a problem affecting up to one-half of this population.

News items: 

Nicole Gibran Receives ABA Distinguished Service Award
Nicole Gibran, MD, project director of the NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (H133A120024), received the Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award from the American Burn Association (ABA). The award recognizes an outstanding North American scientist for his or her contribution in the field of burn injury and rehabilitation.

Michael DeVivo Receives ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael DeVivo, DrPH, director emeritus of the NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) (H133A110002), will receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). The award recognizes professional achievements and contributions to the advancement of the field of SCI rehabilitation. The award will be presented at the opening session of the 2014 ASIA Annual Meeting TODAY.

Brain Injury Screening in Focus
Wayne Gordon, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NYTBIMS) (H133A120084), was featured in two articles discussing the importance of screening for brain injury in special populations. Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury, from the Associated Press, cites results of a study of brain injury rates among incarcerated youth in New York City (abstract) published in the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH). The overlooked connection between brain injuries, incarceration, and homelessness, from Fast Company, also discussed the JAH study, as well as a second study on brain injury screening among men in Toronto homeless shelters (full text) from the Canadian Medical Association Open Journal. Both cited studies used the Brain Injury Screening Questionnaire, developed under Dr. Gordon's 2004-2009 NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Traumatic Brain Injury Interventions (H133B040033).

Grantee event: 

Caregivers Webinar: Managing Memory Deficits in the Community
Allison Clark, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation (CIP) for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (H133B090023), will present a webinar, Managing Memory Deficits in the Community (4th item), May 22nd at 3pm ET, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of America. Dr. Clark will discuss common memory deficits and several strategies that can be used in the community to help compensate for memory deficits. Registration is required by May 20th and there is a registration fee.

Participate: 

Survey on Online Dating
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090002) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is seeking participants with SCI for a survey of their experiences meeting people post injury, including online dating. As online dating has become popular in recent years, researchers want to learn more about its impact on this population. The results of this brief survey will be used to better understand the information needs of the SCI community and help the RRTC develop related materials.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

2014 NDEAM Theme Announced
The Office of Disability Employment Policy of the US Department of Labor announced the theme for 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM): Expect. Employ. Empower. NDEAM is a nationwide campaign observed each October aimed at raising awareness about disability employment issues and celebrating the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme was chosen by holding a national online dialogue to which hundreds of people sent in their ideas.