News and Notes 410 April 29

NARIC is focusing the collection of disability and rehabilitation research literature on the coronavirus pandemic as described in its Spotlight blog; this week's Research in Focus discusses how rural-urban migration patterns may differ for people with and without disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes new factsheet, How Will the COVID-19 Recession Impact People with Disabilities in Rural America?; two researchers from the Northwest Regional Burn Center Model System Center and the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center receive awards from the American Burn Association (ABA); Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) launches ConnectionsRx, supporting individuals with mental illness during COVID-19; the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Decision Points in Your Agency: What to Consider When Working with Youth Peers; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts next episode of ADA Live!, Improving the Lives of Older Adults, including a discussion of the Center for Enhancing Neurocognitive Health Abilities, Networks, & Community Engagement (ENHANCE); the Administration for Community Living (ACL) updates its information resource page,  What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

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2020-04-29
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Did you know NARIC's collection of disability and rehabilitation research literature grows by more than 300 items each month? Our acquisitions managers identify and add publications from the NIDILRR grantee community, both peer-reviewed literature and consumer-oriented materials, along with literature produced by and for the broader community of researchers, practitioners, and people with disabilities. For the last few weeks, we have focused some of our acquisitions efforts on finding research and resources on the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and its impact on people with disabilities. Learn more about this effort in our Spotlight blog.

Research In Focus:
New Study Finds Rural-Urban Migration Patterns May Differ for People with and Without Disabilities
People with and without disabilities may choose to move from rural to urban areas, or vice-versa. Do those patterns differ between these groups? This week's Research In Focus investigates.
 
Resource Highlight: 
Factsheet: How Will the COVID-19 Recession Impact People with Disabilities in Rural America?
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) (90RTCP0002) published a new factsheet, How Will the COVID-19 Recession Impact People with Disabilities in Rural America? This factsheet discusses the recession which will result from the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) and analyzes data from several national surveys to examine the potential impact on people with disabilities living in rural communities.
 
News items: 
NIDILRR Researchers Receive ABA Awards
Researchers from two NIDILRR-funded Burn Model System Centers received awards from the American Burn Association (ABA). Gretchen J Carrougher, MN, RN, project coordinator for the Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (90DPBU0004), received the Special Achievement Award in recognition of her longstanding efforts to improve burn care and outcomes by those affected by burn injury. J.A. Jeevendra Martyn, MD, from the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (90DPBU0001), received the Harvey Stewart Allen Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to the burn field.
 
ConnectionsRx Supports Individuals with Mental Illness During COVID-19
The NIDILRR-funded Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) (90RTCP0001) recently launched ConnectionsRx, a program supporting individuals with serious mental illnesses to connect while practicing physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The program builds on previously developed community participation interventions to help participants to connect to their community, even while stay-at-home orders are in place. Interested individuals may fill out a brief form to enroll or contact Kyra.Baker@temple.edu for more information. In addition to one-to-one support, interested individuals can also request to join a connections-focused peer support Facebook group.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Decision Points in Your Agency - What to Consider When Working with Youth Peers
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (90RT5030) will host a webinar, Decision Points in Your Agency: What to Consider When Working with Youth Peers, May 4th, 1-2pm ET. Presenters will discuss important points to consider when hiring or contracting with youth peer support specialists, including the pros and cons of partnering with an outside agency, conducting internal hires, considering full- or part-time positions, recommended policies and procedures, and more. Registration is free and required. This project is also supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
 
Podcast: ADA Live! Improving the Lives of Older Adults
The NIDILRR-funded Southeast ADA Regional Center (90DP0090) will host the next episode of ADA Live!, Improving the Lives of Older Adults, May 6th, 1-1:30pm ET. Presenters will discuss research and resources for aging and cognitive impairment. Presenters will also discuss the NIDILRR-funded Center for Enhancing Neurocognitive Health, Abilities, Networks, & Community Engagement (ENHANCE) (90REGE0012), which will focus on developing technologies to improve the lives of older adults living with cognitive impairments, such as mild cognitive impairment and traumatic brain injury. Registration is not required.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
ACL Shares Updated Information and Resources on COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has updated its information resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? New items include updated symptom guidelines, resources for accessible virtual meetings, webinars for caregivers, resource guides for seniors and senior centers, equal employment information, and guidance for ACL grantees. ACL will continue to update this page as new guidance on prevention, testing, and treatment is issued. Individuals can also subscribe to ACL Updates for email alerts of new information.