News and Notes 133 September 24

September is National Preparedness Month; information available from NARIC on emergency preparedness and disability; TU Collaborative publishes online resource manual, Your College Community; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities recruiting participants for survey; Association of University Centers on Disabilities publishes Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit for Self-Advocates; RTC/CL researcher interviewed about inclusive playgrounds on Al Jazeera America; RRTC-EBP VR research featured in Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation; App Factory project at Wireless RERC releases knowledge mining app for people with print disabilities; webinar: Measure-ABLE - Enhancing Accessible Outcomes Measurement for People with Disabilities.

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2014-09-24
NARIC news: 

September is National Preparedness Month, encouraging people to prepare, plan, and stay informed in the event of natural and man-made emergencies. For people with disabilities, being prepared may mean storing medications or power for assistive devices, considering communication needs, and providing food and water for a service or support animal. Many excellent resources are available from ready.gov, the American Red Cross, and the National Organization on Disability. We also recommend Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities Guide and Checklist (PDF) from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. For more information on preparedness and disability, check out these publications from the NIDRR community and other sources, all available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Your College Community
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133A130018) has published an online resource manual, Your College Community: How People with Psychiatric Disabilities Can Make the Most of Their College Experience (PDF). The guide details the various opportunities for support, social and personal growth, wellness, and entertainment students can find on campus. Providers or student peer support specialists are welcome to adjust the manual to include contact information to resources specific to their campus.

News items: 

Accessible Play in Focus at America Tonight
Brian Abery, PhD, from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006), was interviewed in Unfair play: The fight for a truly inclusive playground for America Tonight on Al Jazeera America. Dr. Abery discussed the importance of inclusive play in developing social and emotional skills in children with disabilities.

RRTC-EBP VR Research Featured in Special Issue of Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) (H133B100034) has published findings from its Phase II study in a special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (JVR). Seven articles in the special issue cover evidence-based best practices in the public vocational rehabilitation program that lead to employment outcomes. All of the articles are available free in full text.

New Knowledge Mining App from the App Factory
Document Knowledge Miner (DKM), developed with support from the App Factory project at the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002), was recently released by the IDEAL Group Apps4Android. The app enables individuals with print disabilities to acquire knowledge from digital documents, even ones that are not necessarily accessible, by extracting and presenting concept words, generating summaries, and creating visualizations using a Knowledge-Discovery engine. A beta version of DKM is available from the Google Play store free of charge.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Measure-ABLE - Enhancing Accessible Outcomes Measurement for People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) will host a webinar, Measure-ABLE: Enhancing Accessible Outcomes Measurement for People with Disabilities, September 29th, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss the importance of accessible measures and describe an approach to evaluate and enhance the development of accessible outcome measures. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Survey of Aging with a Long-Term Physical Disability
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (H133A130018) is recruiting individuals with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, and spinal cord injury for the Center's continuing survey on access to health care, quality of life, chronic conditions, and coping and resilience. Qualifying participants will receive three questionnaires by mail over the next four years. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information or to volunteer, contact study staff at agerrtc@uw.edu or 866/928-2114.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit for Self-Advocates
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has developed Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit for Self-Advocates (PDF). The tool kit guides self-advocacy organizations through the grant application process, including finding grants, developing budgets, and submitting applications. The tool kit's content is based on feedback from self-advocates who received organizational development grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.