News and Notes 151 February 11

In observation of Valentine's Day, videos and publications from the NIDRR community and elsewhere on relationships after spinal cord and brain injuries; Inclusive Higher Education Assessment Tool available, based on work of the Center on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities; findings from Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EP-RRTC) published in the journal Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education; VISYTER technology developed at Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation to be used in pilot program by the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR); nTIDE Year-in-Review highlights positive trends for 2014; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks consumers to test draft logo for Burn Model Systems; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, IPS Model of Supported Employment; Rehabilitation Services Administration announces invitation to submit rehabilitation training resources to the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM).

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2015-02-11
NARIC news: 

Valentine's Day is this Saturday! Love is in the air and across the disability community, people are having important conversations about dating, romance, marriage, and intimacy. Within the NIDRR community, we recommend this series of forum videos on relationships and family life after spinal cord injury (SCI) from the Northwest Regional SCI System Center, and this Hot Topic series on relationships after brain injury from the Model System Knowledge Translation Center. You may also be interested in these publications from the NIDRR community and other sources, all available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Inclusive Higher Education Assessment Tool
A new resource, the Inclusive Higher Education Assessment Tool, developed based on the work of the recently-completed, NIDRR-funded Center on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (H133A080042), is now available. The tool is designed to assist programs that serve students with intellectual disabilities to determine current levels of implementation of key practices identified in the Think College Standards, Quality Indicators, and Benchmarks for Inclusive Higher Education (PDF).

News items: 

EP-RRTC Research Published in Rehab Research, Policy, and Education
Key findings from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EP-RRTC) (H133B100017) appear in a special issue of the journal Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education. The issue features an introduction by Project Director Susanne Bruyère, PhD, and seven articles on employer practices to address employment outcomes, wage gaps, hiring practices, inclusive workplaces, and accommodation requests. The entire issue is available in full text at no cost.

PA OVR Pilots VISYTER to Expand VR Services
VISYTER, technology developed under the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation (H133B090002), will be used in a pilot program by the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). VISYTER is a secure, integrated system that combines high-quality videoconferencing and access to electronic health records, stimuli presentation, remote multi-camera control, and other tools to help rehabilitation professionals provide assessment and training to their clients. OVR will use VISYTER in nine locations, including the Hiram G. Andrews Center, for interactions between counselors and students, counseling team conferences, student-family interactions, CART consultations, admissions and graduation consultations, vocational evaluations, and other VR services.

nTIDE Year-in-Review Highlights Positive Trends for 2014
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) published the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE): 2014 Year-in-Review and 2015 Outlook. The report demonstrates that, although 2014 was a tough year overall for job seekers with disabilities, the last three months show considerable improvement in employment rates, fueling optimistic expectations for 2015. 

Grantee event: 

Webcast: IPS Model of Supported Employment TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120002) will host a webcast, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model of Supported Employment: Translating Research for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practice, TODAY, 3-4pm ET. Presenters from the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and the Division of Rehabilitation Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services will examine the IPS model of supported employment and its influence on VR practice and behavior. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Burn Model Systems Draft Logo Test
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) is seeking consumers to test a draft logo for the Burn Model Systems. Participants must be over 18 years of age, and either a burn survivor or a parent of a child with burn injuries. Participation will involve a phone interview of less than 30 minutes and all qualified participants will receive a $25 gift card. For more information, or to volunteer, contact the MSKTC at msktc@air.org.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Invitation to Submit to the NCRTM
The Rehabilitation Services Administration announced an invitation to submit high-quality and current rehabilitation training resources (PDF) to the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM). As part of a redesign effort, NCRTM seeks rehabilitation training materials that are Section 508 compliant, current, and usable for training purposes. These include pre-service and in-service materials such as curricula, self-directed online training, web-based training, peer-to-peer training, and instructional videos. Materials may be submitted through the online portal. The redesigned NCRTM will debut this Spring.