News and Notes 116 May 28

Lifetime Access Pass to recreation sites managed by Federal agencies; NIDRR-funded AbleData publishes factsheet on AT in the workplace; NIDRR-funded Measurement of Community Participation Using a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) in Persons with Burn Injuries (PWB) seeks participants for cognitive interview; National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers STEM2U program for elementary and high school students; director of NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) was invited speaker at international conference; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EPRRTC) launches new website; director of NIDRR-funded RecTech receives writing award from Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP); NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA National Network Center continues monthly ADA Live series with Accessible Play Areas.

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2014-05-28
NARIC news: 

Millions of Americans hit the road this past weekend as Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of Summer. Families across the US are piling into cars and heading to the nearest national park to camp, swim, fish, sail, and more! Did you know that US citizens and permanent residents with disabilities are eligible for a lifetime Access Pass that provides free access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies? Learn more about making the most of your outdoor experience with this article from the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability.

Resource Highlight: 

How AT Can Help You in the Workplace
The NIDRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) recently released How Assistive Technology (AT) Can Help You in the Workplace (PDF). The factsheet introduces AT in the workplace, discusses common examples of AT solutions, and outlines how employees may obtain AT products and services. For upcoming releases and other AT-related information, follow AbleData on Facebook and Twitter.

News items: 

KT4TT on the International Stage
Joseph Lane, director of the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (H133A130014), was the invited speaker at the University of Campinas, Brazil on April 9th, at a conference organized by the National Reference Center in Assistive Technology (CNTRA) and the Renato Archer Center of Information Technology (CTI Renato Archer) (in Portuguese). Mr. Lane presented on the topic of Three Methodologies & Three States of Knowledge Underlying Technological Innovation (PDF).

EPRRTC Launches New Website
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EPRRTC) (H133B100017) announced the redesign and relaunch of its website at employerpracticesrrtc.org. The new site is a repository for all project findings and dissemination activities, including bold infographics and video clips from representatives of industry, government, and academia on the importance of EPRRTC research findings. The site also includes summaries of presentations from the October 2013 State of the Science Conference on Innovative Research on Employer Practices.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: ADA Live - Accessible Play Areas
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA National Network Center (H133A110021) continues its monthly ADA Live series with  Accessible Play Areas, June 4th, 1-1:30 pm ET. William Botten from the US Access Board will lead a discussion on outdoor recreational facilities and their compliance with the 2010 ADA Standards. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.

Participate: 

Community Participation Among Burn Injury Survivors
The NIDRR-funded project on Measurement of Community Participation Using a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) in Persons with Burn Injuries (PWB) (H133A130023) is recruiting participants for a single, one-hour cognitive interview. Participants must be burn survivors 18 years or older and able to communicate in English. Interviews will be conducted over the phone or in person. At completion, participants will be compensated with a $30 Visa gift card. Interested individuals may contact Flor De Maria Amaya at libre@bu.edu, or 617/466-1466.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NFB STEM2U
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) National Center for Blind Youth in Science, in partnership with museums and science centers in Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, and Columbus, OH, will offer NFB STEM2U, three regional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for elementary and high school students who are blind. Each of the programs will serve 20 elementary school students (juniors) and 10 high school students (apprentices) during the 2014-2015 academic year. Application is available online. The deadline for juniors is July 31st; for apprentices, June 15th.