News and Notes 149 January 28
Resources available from the NARIC collection in observance of National Mentoring Month; new assistive technology (AT) information projects from the AbleData project; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accepting nominations for its Fourth Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility; talking tactile maps, developed by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multisensory Loss and Touch Graphics, featured in Atlantic CityLab article; two articles from NIDRR-funded model systems among the most popular in the last six months' issues of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center debuts Primary Care Provider Resource website; Great Plains and Southeast ADA Centers to host the ADA National Network's National ADA Symposium.
January is National Mentoring Month, created by the Harvard School of Public Health and the National Mentoring Partnership! Mentors share their wisdom and experience in an effort to broaden opportunities for their protégés, and people with disabilities have much to offer in both sides of the relationship. Several current NIDRR projects focus on mentoring, from peer support for recovery to professional development to capacity building for research. You may also be interested in these publications on mentoring from the broader NIDRR community and other sources, available from our collection.
New AT Information Products
The NIDRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) has released three new information products focusing on assistive technology (AT). AT for Parenting with a Disability highlights products that make day-to-day tasks like feeding, changing, transporting, and monitoring children easier for parents with disabilities. Make Your Own Tech Still Works for Many covers low- and medium-tech do-it-yourself AT solutions. Voting Success for People with Disabilities covers voting rights and technology to improve voting access. All are available as PDFs.
Talking Tactile Maps in the News
Talking tactile maps, technology developed by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multisensory Loss (H133E110004) and SBIR grantee Touch Graphics, are featured in Maps that you can hear and touch in The Atlantic CityLab. The article highlights the project's success in developing maps that combine tactile print, large print, and audio prompts to help people with visual disabilities navigate San Francisco's BART system.
Model Systems Articles in APMR Top Ten
Two articles from NIDRR-funded model systems projects were among the most popular in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR) over the last six months. Racial and ethnic disparities in functioning at discharge and follow-up among patients with motor complete spinal cord injury (abstract), from the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (H133N110020), ranked fourth. Longitudinal analysis of hospitalization after spinal cord injury: Variation based on race and ethnicity (abstract), from the University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110002) and Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program (H133P090008), ranked ninth. The rankings by Altmetrics are based on levels of media engagement with these articles, including social media, science blogs, and mainstream news.
UAB-SCIMS Debuts Primary Care Provider Resource
The NIDRR-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (UAB-SCIMS) (H133N110008) announced a new Primary Care Provider Resource. This website offers information and tools to support primary care providers as they consider the unique medical needs of their patients with SCI, including managing common secondary medical complications.
National ADA Symposium Open for Registration
The NIDRR-funded Great Plains (H133A110029) and Southeast ADA Centers (H133A110021) will host the ADA National Network's National ADA Symposium, May 10th-13th, in Atlanta, GA. This comprehensive conference on the ADA will feature 72 break-out sessions, advanced discussion groups, exhibits, hands-on learning activities, and a celebration of the ADA at 25. A podcast from January 7th offered a preview of the symposium. Registration is required for the symposium and there is a registration fee.
FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently accepting nominations for the Fourth Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. These awards honor outstanding private and public initiatives that advance accessibility for people with disabilities. Nomination categories include wearable devices, real-time text, and video description. Questions and nominations may be emailed to ChairmansAAA@fcc.gov through March 5th.