News and Notes 132 September 17

NARIC exhibiting at the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference in Crystal City, VA; Healthy Aging RRTC released Living with a Neurological Condition or Injury: The Power of Social Support; RRTC-EBP VR invites vocational rehabilitation practitioners to join a community of practice focusing on motivational interviewing (MI) and individual placement and support (IPS); WebAIM released the results of its 2014 survey of web accessibility practitioners; Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation has published study on the impact of cultural diversity in brain injury rehabilitation in June issue of NeuroRehabilitation; project on Access to Electronic and Personal Health Records highlighted in Healthy Designs issue of User Experience; Great Plains ADA Center focus in first issue of Regional Success Stories, new series highlighting the achievements of the 10 ADA National Network Centers; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar, Android is Accessible. Really.

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2014-09-17
NARIC news: 

This week, we will be exhibiting at the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference in Crystal City, VA. The conference will highlight research and policy developments in community living supports, care, and services for people of all ages and abilities. We'll be showcasing some of the work of the NIDRR community in this arena. Our friends from AbleData (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) will also be on hand to talk about assistive technology and how it supports independence across the life span.

Resource Highlight: 

Living with a Neurological Condition or Injury - The Power of Social Support
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Healthy Aging RRTC) (H133B130018) released Living with a Neurological Condition or Injury: The Power of Social Support. This article provides a plain-language summary of research on the importance of social relationships for people with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and spinal cord injury, and how social support is positively related to mood.

News items: 

Study Highlights Impact of Cultural Diversity in Brain Injury Rehabilitation
The NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (H133P130015) has published a study, Issues of cultural diversity in acquired brain injury rehabilitation (abstract), in the June issue of NeuroRehabilitation. The article presents a number of clinical vignettes to illustrate how cultural factors can influence behavior in patients recovering from brain injury, as well as rehabilitation staff.

Accessible Medical Records in Focus in UXMag
The work of the NIDRR-funded project on Access to Electronic and Personal Health Records (H133G110095) was highlighted in Useful personal health records: Designing for accessibility and innovation in the Healthy Designs issue of User Experience. The article discusses integrating user-centered design processes into creating prototypes for personal health records, making them not only accessible, but innovative, useful, and beneficial for everyone.

New Series Highlights ADA Network Success Stories
The NIDRR-funded ADA Knowledge Translation Center (H133A110014) recently published Renovating the St. Louis Arch complex to welcome everyone, the first article in Regional Success Stories, a new series highlighting the achievements of the 10 ADA National Network Centers. This first issue focuses on the Great Plains ADA Center and their participation in CityArchRiver 2015, a comprehensive renovation project that seeks to transform the Arch of St. Louis and surrounding parks and museums into a more welcoming and accessible environment for visitors of all abilities.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Android is Accessible. Really.
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) will host a webinar, Android is Accessible. Really., September 25th, 2-3:30 pm ET. The presentation focuses on the accessibility services, settings, and apps routinely used by the eyes-free Android community to work with their phones and tablets. Registration is free but required by September 24th. Previous webinars are available in the archive.

Participate: 

Motivational Interviewing Community of Practice
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR)  (H133B100034) invites VR practitioners to join a community of practice focusing on motivational interviewing (MI) and individual placement and support (IPS). The group will explore how MI can be used to improve employment outcomes for individuals receiving IPS services. Interested practitioners must join the RRTC's LinkedIn group before joining the community of practice. The group will be open to new members until October 1st. For more information, contact Priscilla Matthews at matthewsp@uwstout.edu.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Results of the Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners
Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM) has released the results of its 2014 survey of web accessibility practitioners. The report provides an analysis of 900 survey responses, including breakdown by gender, education, disability, salary, organization type, experience, proficiency, and professional education and certification. The survey also looked at technology use, opinions about accessibility advancements, and what motivates practitioners and their organizations to implement accessibility. The full survey results are available online.