News and Notes 205 March 16
REHABDATA Connection, NARIC's free monthly literature awareness service; VR programs for young African American men with substance use disorders; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) debuts SCI Empowerment Project Wheelchair Skills Video series; New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit, developed by New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC), highlighted on American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) website; Living Well with a Disablity, from RTC: Rural and RRTC on Independent Living, appears on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR); RRTC for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) hosts symposium, Evidence-Based Practices in Vocational Rehabilitation; RRTC on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) seeks participants for study of barriers to employment for adults with physical disabilities; National Disability Institute's ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) provides informaion on benefits of an ABLE account.
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Research in Focus
For Young African American Men with Substance Use Disorders, VR May Be a Promising Path to Employment
This week's Research In Focus looks at which vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs may lead to successful employment outcomes for young African American men with substance use disorders.
Empowerment Project Wheelchair Skills Videos
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110017) recently debuted the SCI Empowerment Project Wheelchair Skills Video series. These videos feature manual wheelchair users and therapists demonstrating a variety of essential skills such as managing potholes, wheeling across grass, and performing wheelies and wheelie pop-ups.
New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit Highlighted by ASIA
New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit, an online resource for spinal cord injury care developed under the leadership of the NIDILRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) (H133N120002), was recently posted on the American Spinal Injury Association’s (ASIA) website (2nd item). The SCI Toolkit’s aim is to be a resource for building capacity at healthcare facilities that may not treat patients with SCI often enough to have developed expertise. Wide dissemination via websites like ASIA helps get this important information to SCI professionals across the continuum of care.
Living Well with a Disability Featured in MMWR
Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program developed by the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) (90RT5025) and the RRTC on Independent Living (90RT5015), appeared in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report as a featured intervention to reduce health disparities experienced by people with disabilities. Living Well with a Disability was first developed nearly 25 years ago and focuses on the specific health self-management needs of people with disabilities by addressing and building skills to prevent and reduce secondary conditions. Development of Living Well with a Disability was also supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Living Well with a Disability, along with its companion program Working Well with a Disability, are available through the RTC: Rural.
Evidence-Based Practices in Vocational Rehabilitation
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) (H133B100034) will host a symposium and technical assistance forum, Evidence-Based Practices in Vocational Rehabilitation: Symposium and Technical Assistance Forum, May 19th-20th, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The symposium will cover evidence-based practices in rehabilitation counseling, with discussion of trends in the field. The forum will feature a panel of representatives from several national technical assistance centers in vocational rehabilitation. Registration is free and required for both events and continuing education credits are available.
VCU-RRTC Employment Study
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (90RT5035) is recruiting adults with physical disabilities for a study of barriers to employment and resources needed to support work and career goals. Participants must be adults age 18 to 65 with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or other physical disabilities. The goal of the study is to explore how people with physical disabilities find information on employment services and supports. Qualified participants may be eligible to win a gift card. For additional information or to request special accommodations needed to participate, email Dr. Katherine Inge or call 804-828-5956/TTY: 804-828-2494.
ABLE National Resource Center
The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC), founded and managed by the National Disability Institute (NDI), provides information concerning the benefits of an ABLE account. ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, to be created as a result of the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. The ANRC aims to educate individuals with disabilities and their families and other stakeholders about ABLE’s potential positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities.