News and Notes 285 October 18

NARIC offers studies from its collection and links to resources on help for adults with disabilities who live with food insecurity in observation of National Health Education Week and World Food Day; Research in Focus highlights new research on the use of transcranial direct stimulation to help alleviate nerve pain in people with SCI; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families releases Compendium of Health Data Sources for Parents with Disabilities in the United States, 2017; RERC TechSAge technology featured in Using technology to help older adults keep their independence on CNN; co-principal for Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center receives James J. Peters Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Professionals (ASCIP); RRTC on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts interactive webinar, Ask Me Anything About Individual Placement and Support (IPS) with Bob Drake; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Power of Apprenticeship: Including People with Disabilities; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) posts video, Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward, based on 2017 report.

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2017-10-18
NARIC news: 

This week is National Health Education Week, sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education. This Monday was also World Food Day, the United Nations program raising awareness and action against hunger and food insecurity. Food insecurity, or limited or uncertain access to adequate food, is a serious public health issue for people with disabilities. Two recent studies (available from the NARIC collection) found that adults with disabilities have higher odds of living in food-insecure households than adults without disabilities, and those who live with food insecurity are at higher risk for poor physical and mental health. There are resources to help: Local independent living centers and 211 call centers can connect people with disabilities to nutrition programs, food banks, and other services in the community.

Research In Focus:
Electrical Stimulation May Help Reduce Nerve Pain for People with Spinal Cord Injury

This week's Research In Focus highlights new research in using transcranial direct stimulation to help alleviate nerve pain in people with spinal cord injury.

Resource Highlight: 

Compendium of Health Data Sources for Parents with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded project Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families (90DPGE0001) has released a Compendium of Health Data Sources for Parents with Disabilities in the United States, 2017 (PDF). The compendium is a summary of selected national data sources that currently capture health information pertaining to parents with disabilities in the United States. Understanding and using these national data sources is critical for research and advocacy efforts in advancing the knowledge about and the rights of parents with disabilities.

News items: 

RERC TechSAge Technology Featured on CNN
Technology to support older adults, developed by the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge) (90RE50160), was featured in Using technology to help older adults keep their independence on CNN. The segment on smart home technology included RERC TechSAge's mobile application to measure gait speed in older adults with disabilities. Changes in gait speed can be used to predict risk of falls and functional decline.

NIDILRR Researcher Receives ASCIP Award
Daniel Lammertse, MD, co-principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System Center (90SI5003), received the James J. Peters Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP). The award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the care of people with spinal cord injuries or disorders (SCI/D), and have demonstrated dedication to achieving excellence in the care of people with SCI/D. Dr. Lammertse also delivered an associated lecture during the 2017 ASCIP Educational Conference and Expo in September.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Ask Me Anything About Individual Placement and Support (IPS) with Bob Drake TODAY
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RT5029) will host an interactive question and answer webinar, Ask Me Anything About Individual Placement and Support (IPS) with Bob Drake, TODAY, 2-3pm, ET. Robert Drake, MD, PhD, will answer any questions listeners may have related to IPS with a focus on providing IPS to people with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Webinar: The Power of Apprenticeship - Including People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) will host a webinar, The Power of Apprenticeship: Including People with Disabilities, October 25th, 12-1:30pm ET. This webinar will highlight how apprenticeship programs can enable employment service providers who support people with disabilities to foster collaboration with employers to create apprenticeship opportunities in local communities. These partnerships can offer a proven path to good, secure middle-class jobs for people with disabilities who are traditionally underrepresented in these opportunities. Presenters will also discuss how employers might approach providing accommodations for apprentices who have disabilities. Registration is free and required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has posted a video, Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward, based on a 2017 report which evaluated the most rigorous, up-to-date research on how to prevent cognitive decline and dementia. The prospect of dementia and other forms of cognitive decline can cause concern for many people as they age, including people aging with other disabilities. The video features members of the authoring committee discussing the different types of cognitive decline and dementia and focuses on three areas of intervention supported by some of the evidence. The full report is available to download free of charge.