A Message from Our Director

Nearly 40 years ago both RESNA and NARIC were early products of a burgeoning information age. RESNA as a community of rehabilitation professionals generating huge amounts of new knowledge and NARIC as a repository to organize A photo of director Mark Odumand disseminate this knowledge, and make it readily available to ever-widening audiences. Both efforts with the ultimate goal of helping people with disabilities improve their lives. From the beginning, and it is still very true today, RESNA members became some of NARIC’s most important contributors as well as end-users. In fact, nearly all of RESNA’s presidents are indexed in the NARIC collection! To further nurture this relationship we will use this space in the RESNA Newsbrief to highlight how the RESNA community can take advantage of NARIC’s products and services to meet its mission to maximize the health and well-being of people with disabilities through technology.

As the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), we work with researchers, developers, clinicians, counselors, therapists, and self-advocates to collect, organize, and disseminate the latest disability and rehabilitation research results. From literature review to product roll-out, NARIC's staff and our extensive literature collection are here to support you and your team in your effort.

You can rely on NARIC to connect you to the latest literature in your field, as well as the rich history of research and development in disability and rehabilitation, from the NIDILRR grantee community as well as research institutions around the world. We maintain the largest collection of research literature focused on disability and rehabilitation. The NARIC collection and the REHABDATA index (our "card catalog") cover the spectrum of disability across the life span. This diverse library features peer reviewed literature, consumer-level publications, and unique items. Dive deep into the collection using the advanced search or explore by keyword. In 2016, we integrated the CIRRIE index of international research literature, expanding REHABDATA by more than 100,000 citations. The NARIC collection grows by more than 300 documents each month, so our REHABDATA Connection monthly literature awareness service is an excellent tool to stay up-to-date on new research and development in your field. If you are a researcher or developer, consider signing up for our NIDILRR Announcements email list for information about funding opportunities and ways you can support NIDILRR's research through peer review and public comment periods.

As NIDILRR's library and dissemination center, we're big fans of the work of our fellow grantees. Every day, we highlight the latest news, events, resources, and opportunities to participate in research from the 300+ projects that NIDILRR funds each year. Our News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond weekly newsletter is a great tool for catching up on what your colleagues are creating, from consumer guides and factsheets to continuing education courses. We also share curated collections of grantee resources in the Right Resource, Right Now section of our NARIC Spotlight blog. Our Research In Focus series explores the newest findings from the grantees, presented in a reader-friendly format that's ready to share with your clients or community partners. These resources are available in English and Spanish!

Next month I will highlight other NIDILRR- and ACL-funded resources available to assist you and your team. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me and my staff and tell us how we can further support you and the work you do to help people with disabilities live full and complete lives in their communities. It is with a great sense of pride and truly an honor to work and grow with the RESNA community. Let’s do it for another 40 years.