News and Notes 288 November 8

In observance of Veterans Day, NARIC blog features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and beyond promoting full community participation of Veterans with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at common complications people with SCI may experience in first year following rehabilitation; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases hot topic module, Changes in Memory After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); research from Healthy Aging RRTC cited in How resilience training can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in recent issue of US News and World Report; research from Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Fom Cloud to Smartphone - Accessible and Empowering Information and Communication Technology and project on Promoting Independece and Self-Management Using mHealth featured in Patient Engagement HIT article; Northwest ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Kayaking, Rafting, and Ziplining: Making Community Recreation and Adventure-Tourism Accessible to All; Northeast ADA Regional Center seeks participants for three surveys to identify information needs of older adults and members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Transportation Research Board releases guidebook, Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities.

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2017-11-08
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This week we'll celebrate Veterans Day, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the US armed forces in times of peace and conflict. According to the US Census, more than 1.7 million Veterans age 18 to 64 are living with a disability in the community, and nearly 40% of Vets over 65 have at least one service-connected or age-related disability. Current and completed NIDILRR-funded research projects have looked at innovative solutions to address barriers to health, employment, and participation for Vets with disabilities, from community-based programs to innovative technology. Visit our blog to learn about research and resources from the NIDILRR community and the broader disability and rehabilitation community to support the full participation of Veterans with disabilities and their families in their communities.

Research In Focus:
Some Complications Are More Common During the First Year After SCI Inpatient Rehabilitation
This week's Research In Focus looks at some of the most common complications people with spinal cord injury (SCI) may experience in their first year after leaving inpatient rehabilitation.

Resource Highlight: 

Changes in Memory After Traumatic Brain Injury
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) has released a hot topic module, Changes in Memory After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This suite of resources contains videos, fact sheets, and a slideshow designed to help individuals with TBI and their families understand changes in memory after TBI. The videos feature both TBI survivors and clinical experts discussing some of the changes TBI survivors may experience. Additional resources offer strategies that can help people who experience these changes to function more effectively.

News items: 

Healthy Aging Research Featured in US News & World Report
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Healthy Aging RRTC) (90RT5023) was cited in How resilience training can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a recent issue of US News and World Report. The article cites a Healthy Aging RRTC study published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation which identified some of the facilitators and barriers to resilience from the perspective of persons with MS, their caregivers, and community stakeholders.

Mobile Health Tech Research in the News
Research from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: From Cloud to Smartphone - Accessible and Empowering Information and Communication Technology (90RE5018) and the project on Promoting Independence and Self-Management Using mHealth (90DP0064) was featured in What do patients want in self-management mhealth apps? in Patient Engagement HIT, which covers the latest news in using health information technology (HIT) to engage patients. The article describes a study from these NIDILRR-funded projects that was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) which identified the features adolescents and young adults preferred in chronic care self-management apps such as iMHere, currently being developed by these projects.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Kayaking, Rafting, and Ziplining - Making Community Recreation and Adventure Tourism Accessible to All
The NIDILRR-funded Northwest ADA Regional Center (90DP0095) will host a webinar, Kayaking, Rafting, and Ziplining: Making Community Recreation and Adventure-Tourism Accessible to All, November 14th, 10-11:30 am PT. Presenters will provide a basic overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) nondiscrimination requirements for outdoor providers and operators, including tips, tools, and resources for best practices. Presenters will also share real-life operational examples and experiences to illustrate accommodation policies and procedures. Registration is required and there are related registration fees.

Participate: 

ADA Needs Assessment Surveys
The NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0088) is conducting three surveys to identify the information needs of older adults and members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Data from these surveys will help the ADA National Network develop information products and outreach activities to support these groups in understanding their rights under the ADA and awareness of local services that offer support around disability. One survey is open to adults age 60 or older with disabilities or ongoing health concerns, with a second survey open to service providers who support these older adults. A third survey is open to members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities and is available in English and Spanish.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

NAS Guidebook Addresses Airport Travel by People with Disabilities
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Transportation Research Board has released a guidebook, Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities. The book provides guidance to help airport operators, airlines, and planners assist aging travelers and persons with disabilities to travel independently within airports using pedestrian wayfinding systems. The guidebook also includes a Wayfinding Accessibility Audit Checklist which can be used to document issues that should be considered in a baseline airport wayfinding accessibility audit, suggestions for apps and web-based information systems, and information on compliance with federal and international regulations and standards.