News and Notes 147 January 14

REHABDATA collection now spans more than 60 years of disability and rehabilitation research, with nearly 100,000 abstracts; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) releases Family Leisure Toolkit; Community Toolbox announces Out of the Box Competition honoring innovative approaches to promoting community health in communities worldwide; Tackle football should be off-limits to kids, commentary published by investigator at Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS); nTIDE report highlights job growth for Americans with disabilities; Rory Cooper, PhD, of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury named Fellow by National Academy of Inventors; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) and Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) host webcast, Inventions that Work - Employment of Cancer Survivors.

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2015-01-14
NARIC news: 

Right around the turn of the year, we added our 70,000th journal abstract to our indexing database REHABDATA. Our collection now spans more than 60 years of disability and rehabilitation research. With nearly 100,000 abstracts, chances are good we have something for you. Visit the advanced search page to explore our collection, or see what we added in December. Need help? Talk to an information specialist and we'll be happy to assist you!

Resource Highlight: 

Family Leisure Toolkit
The NIDRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) (H133B130014) released the Family Leisure Toolkit (PDF). Leisure and recreation offer opportunities for people with disabilities and caregivers to step out of traditional roles and enjoy each other's company. The toolkit presents information about recreation and leisure as ways to revive, strengthen, and maintain family health, with suggested activities and a planning guide.

News items: 

Op-Ed Tackles Youth Football and Concussions
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (H133A120030), published a commentary, Tackle football should be off-limits to kids, in a recent edition of The Columbus Dispatch. Dr. Chiaravalloti discussed the risks associated with full-contact youth football and steps coaches and parents can take to ensure player safety.

nTIDE Report Highlights Job Growth for Americans with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005) released the December National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report shows as the overall economy continues to grow, more Americans with disabilities are earning a paycheck. Previous nTIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website.

NIDRR Grantee Named NAI Fellow
Rory A. Cooper, PhD, co-director of the NIDRR-funded University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (H133110011), was named a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). NAI fellow status is given to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Grantee event: 

Interventions that Work - Employment of Cancer Survivors
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (H133A100026) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012), along with The Campbell Collaboration, will host a webcast, Interventions that Work: Employment of Cancer Survivors, January 20th, 3-3:30 pm ET. Carlton Fong and Kathleen Murphy will discuss the findings and implications of Behavioral, Psychological, Educational, and Vocational Interventions to Facilitate Employment Outcomes for Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review. Mr. Fong will also discuss the goals of the Campbell Collaboration's Education Coordinating Group (ECG) and its Disability Subgroup. Registration is free but required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Out of the Box Community Toolbox Competition
The Community Toolbox, part of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at The University of Kansas, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting an Out of the Box Competition to honor innovative and promising approaches to promoting community health and development in communities worldwide. The competition is open to groups active in the last three years engaged in improving community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, or social justice. Applications must be submitted by April 30th and all stories will become part of the Toolbox.