News and Notes 390 November 27

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, NARIC celebrates the successes of NIDILRR grantees in its News and Notes newsletter; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for upcoming competitions in all areas of disability and rehabilitation, using teleconferences to conduct review meetings; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) debuts new resource, Thinking About Thinking for AAC (TAT4AAC); the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) hosted meeting with founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute, a world leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) host two-part webinar series on social media in KT; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Restaurants and Bars; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants with burn injuries and their caregivers to give feedback on new factsheet on sexuality and intimacy after burn injury; the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes new NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Complementary Health Approaches.

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2019-11-27
NARIC news: 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Across the country, people will sit down to share a meal and reflect on what they are thankful for. Here at NARIC, we're thankful for the amazing work of the NIDILRR grantee community These researchers are developing and testing new technology, interventions, and strategies to support the rehabilitation, recovery, and independence of people with disabilities across the lifespan. We are excited to celebrate their successes every week here in News and Notes and we are thankful to you, our readers, for following along. We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Resource Highlight: 

Thinking About Thinking for AAC
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) (90RE5017) debuted a new resource, Thinking About Thinking for AAC (TAT4AAC). Learning to use AAC technology can be a complex task, and practitioners may want to consider the cognitive demands these technologies may present for their clients. This online resource summarizes the literature from the fields of AAC and cognition, provides references about the cognitive demands of specific features of AAC technologies, and provides opportunities for clinicians to consider and compare the cognitive demands of these technologies.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDILRR Seeks Peer Reviewers for Upcoming Competitions
NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming competitions. Expertise in all areas of disability and rehabilitation is welcome, particularly in the following areas: attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, bioengineering, biostatistics/methodology, burn injury, computer science, employment, intellectual and developmental disabilities, low vision/blindness, mobility, nutrition, spinal cord injury, stroke, transportation, and traumatic brain injury. NIDILRR also seeks reviewers from diverse professional backgrounds, particularly adult and pediatric occupational and physical therapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, speech/language pathology, psychology, and vocational rehabilitation. However, all backgrounds are welcome.

NIDILRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to NIDILRR-grants@acl.hhs.gov.

News items: 

RERC Hosts Tai Chi Leader to Discuss Tech Innovations
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge) (90REGE0006) hosted a meeting with Dr. Paul Lam, founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute and a world leader in the field of tai chi for health improvement. TechSAge staff presented about the Telewellness Technologies project, which is exploring how the physical and social health benefits of group exercise classes can be made accessible at home for those aging with mobility disabilities. This project includes the evidence-based Tai Chi for Arthritis, developed by the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

Grantee event: 

Two-Part Webcast Series on Social Media in Knowledge Translation
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (90DPKT0001) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) (90DP0077) will host a two-part webinar series focused on social media in KT. How Can Social Media be Useful to You (Or Is Your Learning Network Fit for Purpose)?, December 3rd, 3-4 pm ET, will cover how social media can be useful to researchers as a KT strategy when carefully planned and evaluated, the limitations of using social media, and opportunities to overcome these limitations. Planning and Evaluating Your Social Media Strategy, December 10th, 3-4pm ET, will cover tools and tips for planning and evaluating social media as a KT strategy. Registration is free and required for both webinars.

Webinar: Accessible Restaurants and Bars
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, Accessible Restaurants and Bars, December 5th, 2:30-4 pm ET. New trends in the design of restaurants and bars pose challenging questions on the best way to achieve access so that these establishments are inclusive of everyone. Presenters will review requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards for restaurants, cafeterias, and bars, and address common sources of confusion. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.

Participate: 

Participants Needed for Burn Consumer Factsheet Testing
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) is recruiting people with burn injuries and their caregivers to provide feedback on a new factsheet on sexuality and intimacy after a burn injury. To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years old. Those who participate will receive a $25 gift card for their time. Interested individuals should call 202/403-5600 or email msktc@air.org to register.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a new NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Complementary Health Approaches. This bulletin discusses how people with MS are using complementary health approaches, such as yoga, to help reduce relapses or to relieve symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, and depression, and provides the state of evidence for commonly used complementary health approaches for MS. This issue also includes clinical guidelines, links to scientific literature on this topic, and links to information for people with MS who want to learn more about complementary health approaches to MS.