News and Notes 146 January 7

Resources from NIDRR and beyond for individuals pledging to be more fit and active in the new year; webcasts in the Knowledge in Motion Education Series available from New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) and the Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (S-HSCIMS); participants sought by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) and Beneficial Designs for survey on technology usability by people with cognitive disabilities; University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Services announces launch of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals; New England ADA Center launches ADA 25 Boston website in celebration of 25th anniversary of the ADA; Boston Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center publishes article examining psychological outcomes of survivors of a local nightclub fire; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities launches YouTube channel featuring interviews with project investigators; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation (KTDRR) hosts webcast on standards for AT funding.

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2015-01-07
NARIC news: 

Happy New Year! Holiday decorations are being packed away and resolutions are being tested. Perhaps you made a resolution to lose weight and be more active. The NIDRR community has practical tools to get you started: Try the FEAST Nutrition Guide from the NEW DOOR project (H133G120093), or Getting Started on Your Fitness Plan (PDF) from the RRTC on Independent Living (H133B110006). There's more being developed at these NIDRR projects focusing on fitness, wellness, and recreation. You might also be interested in related publications from the greater NIDRR community, as well as other sources, all available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Integrated Care for People with SCI
The NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) (H133N120002) and the Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (S-HSCIMS) (H133N110020) recently posted the recorded webcast of Integrated Care for People with Spinal Cord Injury, part of the Knowledge in Motion series, presented by Michael D. Stillman, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Steve R. Williams, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine and Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110007). The presenters discussed the advantages of an interdisciplinary primary care/spinal cord medicine clinic for maintaining optimum health. They also addressed current disparities in primary care in the US for people with SCI, and how they can advocate for appropriate interdisciplinary health care. A library of videos in the Knowledge in Motion Education Series is available online.

News items: 

New England ADA Center Launches ADA 25 Boston Website
The NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028) has launched ADA 25 Boston, the official website of the center's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Plans include a grand celebration on July 22nd on Boston Common with a march, speakers, and entertainment. Proposals for related activities are being accepted through February 28th.

New Article Examines the Station Nightclub Fire
The NIDRR funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (H133A120034) has published Psychological sequelae of the Station Nightclub fire: Comparing survivors with and without physical injuries using a mixed-methods analysis, in the most recent issue of PLOS ONE. The article explores the impact of emotional trauma on psychological outcomes of survivors of a large fire that occurred in a local nightclub. Researchers examined the event's impact on survivors with and without burn injuries. The article is available free in full text.

TU Collaborative Launches YouTube Channel
The NIDRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) has launched a YouTube channel featuring interviews with project investigators. The most recent video features Eugene Brusilovskiy discussing the built and social environments of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Other videos discuss self-directed wellness through leisure and recreation, and the role of the recreation therapist.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Standards for AT funding
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) will host a webcast, Standards for Assistive Technology Funding: What are the Right Criteria?, January 14th, 3-4pm ET. Presenters from KTDRR's Working Group on Assistive Technology (AT) Standards will describe the context and discuss recommendations from their white paper (PDF) with the same title. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Survey of Cognitive Disability and Technology
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) (H133E140054) and its partner Beneficial Designs are conducting a survey to gather stakeholder feedback on what makes technology difficult or easy for people with cognitive disabilities to use. People with expertise in cognitive disabilities, including caretaking or research, may take the survey online. Individuals with cognitive disabilities are invited to schedule a structured telephone interview about their technology use and opinions by contacting Seanna Kringen at 831/685-4798 or by email at seanna@beneficialdesigns.com.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

International Society of Wheelchair Professionals
The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences announced the launch of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals, a global network to teach and professionalize device repair, build affiliations to put better equipment in the right hands, ensure a level of standardization, certification, and oversight, and improve the lives of wheelchair users around the world. Development and start-up of the society is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).