Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community

Research In Focus is a weekly publication featuring reader-friendly summaries of the latest research from NIDILRR-funded projects. Each installment presents you with an overview of a recently-published NIDILRR-funded study, highlighting important findings, and discussing implications or directions for future research. This could be a starting point to learn more about the intervention, technology, or program. We hand-select the articles from our diverse library collections, aiming to broadly cover interesting research in many areas of disability, various types of intervention, and a wide range of age spectrum from early childhood to aging with and into disability. To be alerted to new articles, sign up for our weekly email newsletter News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond! These articles are also available in Spanish. Are you a NIDILRR grantee? Learn how to recommend your recent study for an upcoming issue.

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Volunteering has many benefits for individuals: According to past research, people who volunteer experience higher self-esteem, are happier, and develop stronger social networks than people who do not volunteer. Volunteering can also be a path to future employment. Volunteer activities may be either formal, as a... Read this article

Date published:
2018-07-11

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

As the world population ages, more and more people will be living with age-related disabilities. These individuals may require assistance with personal tasks like bathing, managing medications, and housework. Robots can be designed as a solution to help older... Read this article

Date published:
2018-06-06

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is lasting brain damage from an external force, such as after a fall or a car accident. TBI can range from mild to severe, depending on a variety of factors such as how long a person loses consciousness or other indicators like memory problems.  People with TBI may have long-lasting... Read this article

Date published:
2018-05-16

study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

About 1.1 million Americans are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with HIV/AIDS may develop long-lasting health problems which may lead to disability and impact their ability to work. Some... Read this article

Date published:
2018-05-09

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

About 1.1 million Americans are legally blind, meaning that, even with corrective lenses or surgery, they may not be able to clearly see the largest letter on a standard eye chart at 20 feet or they may only see what appears either in their central or peripheral vision, but not both. As a result, these individuals may have... Read this article

Date published:
2018-04-25

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People with psychiatric disabilities have conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia. Previous research has shown that these individuals may have difficulty finding and keeping jobs. Peer support specialists, also known as recovery coaches, are trained professionals who have personal... Read this article

Date published:
2018-04-18

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

More than 20 million Americans ages 18-64 reported having a disability in 2014, according to the 2014 United States Disability Status Report. Previous research has shown that adults with disabilities, especially physical disabilities, are more likely to develop long-term health problems than adults without disabilities. Getting... Read this article

Date published:
2018-04-11

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People with psychiatric disabilities have conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression. These individuals may encounter stigmatizing attitudes or behaviors from people around them. Forms of such stigma may be overt, such as denying a job to a candidate with a psychiatric disability, or they may be less obvious... Read this article

Date published:
2018-03-21

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People with mobility disabilities may use public buses to travel to work, medical appointments, or recreational or social activities. Buses in the United States are required to be accessible to riders who use wheelchairs or scooters. Many of these buses are designed with a low vehicle floor and features that allow the driver to... Read this article

Date published:
2018-03-14

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People with mobility disabilities may use paratransit services to get around. Paratransit provides door-to-door or curb-to-curb (depending on transit agency) rides for people with disabilities, using wheelchair-accessible vans or mini-buses. While riding in these vehicles, it is important for all paratransit passengers to wear... Read this article

Date published:
2018-03-07

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