News and Notes 115 May 21

Publications on smart tech and aging available from NARIC in observation of Older Americans Month; two videos available from NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center: driving following SCI and panel discussion on pain; NIDRR-funded project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce seeks participants for a survey on work-life balance; US Department of Transportation's Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative is hosting online Dialogue on Transportation and Assistive Devices and Technologies; two NIDRR-funded grantees receive recognition awards at NARRTC 2014 meeting; NIDRR-funded developer of Capti Narrator receives Launch Your Stars award; Telly Award given to NIDRR-funded developers at Model Systems Knowledge Center and Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center for Employment After Burn Injury video; NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center to host webcast, Eating Well to Prevent and Manage Secondary Conditions in SCI.

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2014-05-21
NARIC news: 

May is Older Americans Month, sponsored by the Administration for Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 2014 theme, Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow, focuses on injury prevention, as older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and death than the rest of the population. Smart technologies, like those under development at the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (TechSAge) (H133E130037), will help older Americans stay active and safe in their communities. Take a look at these publications on smart tech and aging from the NIDRR community and other sources.

Resource Highlight: 

New SCI Forum Videos
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110009) has posted two videos to their SCI Forum Series archive. On the Road Again: Driving After Spinal Cord Injury covers training and adaptations necessary for driving, with individuals with SCI discussing and demonstrating their equipment and modifications. Perspectives on Pain: An SCI Panel Discussion features four individuals with SCI discussing their pain experiences, treatments they've tried, and how they focus on positive living.

News items: 

Awards Presented at NARRTC 2014 Meeting
Two NIDRR-funded grantees received recognition awards at the April meeting of NARRTC. Craig Ravesloot, PhD, principal investigator for the field initiated project on Participation Interference Patterns: Investigating the Relative Impact of Pain and Environmental Barriers on Participation (H133G110077), received the Commendation Award for his significant contribution to research in community participation, especially the Living Well with a Disability program. Charles Bombardier, PhD, of the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MSRRTC) (H133B080025), accepted the Best Paper award as lead author for the article Telephone-based physical activity counseling for major depression in people with multiple sclerosis (abstract) in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Yevgen Borodin Receives Launch Your Stars Award
Yevgen Borodin, PhD, director of several current and completed NIDRR-funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects (H133S120055, H133S120067, H133S130028, H133S110023, H133S110028, H133S090065), received a Launch Your Stars award from LaunchPad and Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet). Dr. Borodin was recognized for the Capti Narrator, technology developed under the NIDRR SBIR program that enables hands-free consumption of digital content via audio. The Launch Your Stars award is given to innovators under 35 who successfully implement new ideas and embody the entrepreneurial spirit throughout their research endeavors.

Employment After Burn Injury Wins Telly Award
Employment After Burn Injury, a video developed by the NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110004) in collaboration with the Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (H133A120024), received a Bronze Telly Award in the category of Internet/Online Video for Education (PDF). The "Hot Topic" video depicts a burn survivor's transition back to work after sustaining a severe burn injury, along with guidance from model systems researchers on making a successful transition to the workplace. A previous hot topic video, Relationships After Traumatic Brain Injury, won a Telly Award in 2013.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Eating Well to Prevent and Manage Secondary Conditions in SCI
The NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (H133N120002) and Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (H133A120085) will host a webcast, Eating Well to Prevent and Manage Secondary Conditions in SCI, June 5th, 6:30-8pm ET. Joanne Smith and Kylie James, authors of Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury, will discuss the therapeutic role nutrition plays in the rehabilitation and long-term health of individuals with SCI and how nutrition can positively impact an individual’s independence in an easy, practical, and cost-effective way. Registration is free but required. Participants may also register by calling 866/607-1804.

Participate: 

Work-Life Balance Survey
The NIDRR-funded field initiated project on Getting and Keeping People with Disabilities in the Workforce: Negotiating Work, Life, and Disability (H133G130136) is seeking participants for a survey on work-life balance of individuals with disabilities. Qualified participants should be individuals with disabilities/chronic health conditions who are currently employed or have worked within the last six months. The survey is designed to take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Online Dialogue on Transportation and Assistive Devices and Technologies
The US Department of Transportation’s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) is hosting a National Online Dialogue on Transportation and Assistive Devices and Technologies, now through May 30th. The purpose is to gather input on mobility and transportation technology preferences and needs from transportation riders with disabilities. Participants will assist in identifying technology-based products and apps that enable all transit riders, especially people with mobility, hearing, vision, or intellectual disabilities, to plan, navigate, and use transportation options in their communities. The dialogue works by users logging on and submitting, discussing, and voting for ideas, with the most popular ideas rising to the top.