News and Notes 141 November 19

Short reader survey seeks comments on News and Notes; SCI on Rancho - Fall 2014 newsletter highlights robotic technologies; RRTC-EBP VR seeks VR professionals for survey testing their knowledge of evidence-based practice; National Council on Disability releases 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report; Transitions RTC and Center on Transition to Employment for Youth With Disabilites present webinar, Determined to Succeed - Preparing for POstsecondary Education and Employment; book by investigator at Southeast ADA Center, eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities; Andy Winnegar from Southwest ADA Center interviewed on KRQE regarding accessibility issues in the construction of sidewalks and streets in Albuquerque, NM; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) presents webcast on Healthcare Access and Utilization After SCI.

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2014-11-19
NARIC news: 

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Resource Highlight: 

SCI on Rancho Fall Newsletter
The NIDRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110018) has released SCI on Rancho - Fall 2014 (PDF). The newsletter highlights current projects on robotic technologies, photography as therapy, and brain-computer interfaces, as well as local events and resources. The issue is available in English and Spanish.

News items: 

Webinar: Determined to Succeed - Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment
Staff from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood (Transitions RTC) (H133B140040, H133B090018) and the Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities (H133A100007) will present in a webinar, Determined to Succeed: Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment, December 2nd, 2-4pm ET. The webinar, hosted by the Youth Transitions Collaborative in partnership with the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, will feature several Federally-funded research and technical assistance centers sharing guidance, tools, and resources on the importance of self-advocacy and transition planning. Registration is free but required.

New Book Highlights Web Accessibility and Cognitive Disabilities
Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, principal investigator for the NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center, has published eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities, a new book in the Cambridge Disability Law and Policy Series. eQuality discusses the lived struggle for disability rights, with a focus on Web equality for people with cognitive disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, autism, and print-related disabilities. The book includes research supported under the Southeast ADA Center and several completed NIDRR grants. eQuality is available from Cambridge University Press.

Accessibility in Focus on KRQE
Andy Winnegar, from the NIDRR-funded Southwest ADA Center (H133A110027), was interviewed for 13 investigates ABQ's $50M headache on KRQE. Mr. Winnegar and other program participants identified accessibility issues in the construction of sidewalks and streets throughout Albuquerque, NM, and discussed the importance of including stakeholders in improvement efforts.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Healthcare Access and Utilization After Spinal Cord Injury TOMORROW
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090005) at the Medical University of South Carolina will present a webcast, Healthcare Access and Utilization After SCI, TOMORROW, 12-1pm ET. Lee Saunders, PhD, co-principal investigator for the project, will discuss healthcare access and utilization in clinic- and population-based cohorts of individuals with SCI.  Registration is free but required.

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EBP Savvy Quiz
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) (H133B100034) offers EBP Savvy Quiz #1, a quick quiz for VR professionals to test their knowledge of evidence-based practice. The three-question quiz covers EBP concepts and recommends reading and training resources based on responses.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Annual Progress Report on National Disability Policy
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released the 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report. The 2014 report focuses on seven key areas: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion, subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy. The report provides policy recommendations in each area with the goal of promoting a more inclusive environment.