News and Notes 480 September 22

In observance of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded research on medical rehabilitation to help people regain body functions they may have lost due to illness or injury or to develop functions they may have been born without. NARIC's information specialists can assist in finding information about  rehabilitation services in readers' community; This Just In... features research on wheelchair securement systems used in large accessible transit vehicles (LATVs); this week's Research in Focus finds that many people with mobile disabilities live in homes with stepped entrances and exits, which may hinder their full participation in their community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation publishes Careers in the Arts for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities; principal investigator for more than 20 NIDILRR-funded projects in spinal cord injury receives the 2021 Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership in Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction (SCI/D) Healthcare from the American Paraplegia Society; Gesture and prosthetic sensor technology from Pison Technology, Inc., developed in part under a NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research Project, was featured on a recent PBS News Hour; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, Ask Me Anything About Employment: Disclosure and Accommodations; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey, detailing efforts to improve the user experience of DOJ's Civil Rights Reporting Portal; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts webinar, Family Support Series: Town Hall on Disability Experiences in Healthcare; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants to provide feedback on two SCI infocomics; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development hosts webinar, Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Tools to Assist the People You Serve; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor publishes article in the DOL Blog, ODEP at 20: Leading Voices - Kathy Martinez, interviewing Ms. Martinez, a former ODEP Assistant Secretary.   

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2021-09-22
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This week is National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, drawing attention to the benefits of rehabilitation and the successes of those who have received treatment through all forms of rehabilitation. This year’s focus is on the power of medical rehabilitation to help people regain body functions they may have lost due to illness or injury or to develop functions they may have been born without. Medical rehabilitation often happens in a hospital setting, and many of the top medical rehabilitation hospitals in the US are home to one or more NIDILRR-funded Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Burn Model System Centers. In fact, being a site of a NIDILRR-funded Model System Center is positively factored into the ranking of Best Rehabilitation Hospitals by US News and World Report and America's Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers by Newsweek. Learn what happens during inpatient rehabilitation for SCI, TBI, and burn injury at these and other facilities across the US. Contact our information specialists if we can assist in finding information about rehabilitation services and supports in your community.

This Just In: 
Comparison of wheelchair securement systems designed for use in large accessible transit vehicles (LATVs). Assistive Technology, Volume 33(2), Pgs. 105-115. NARIC Accession Number: J86352.
New to the NARIC collection, this NIDILRR-funded study explored the usability of three commercially available wheelchair securement systems in a static laboratory environment: (1) a four-point, forward-facing (4P-FF) securement system; (2) a three-point, forward-facing (3P-FF) securement system; and (3) a semi-automated, rear-facing (SA-RF) securement system. Three groups of mobility device users (manual wheelchair users, power wheelchair users, and scooter users) completed wheelchair securement tasks in a full-scale mock-up of a fixed-route, large accessible transit vehicle. Most participants reported that each of the systems would be acceptable for regular use. However, the majority indicated an overall preference for the SA-RF, and most rated it as easier, faster, and requiring less assistance to use than the other systems. Access the full abstract and ordering information in REHABDATA.
 
Research in Focus: 
For People with Mobility Disabilities, Stepped Entrances and Exits May Limit Participation in Social and Recreational Activities
This week's Research In Focus finds that many people with mobility disabilities live in homes with stepped entrances and exits, which may have a significant impact on whether they can fully participate in their community.
 
Resource Highlight: 
Impact: Careers in the Arts for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation (90RTCP0003) has published Careers in the Arts for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities, the Summer 2021 issue of its journal Impact. This issue features more than 25 articles including first-hand accounts by artists with disabilities along with scholarly articles assessing the uneven progress toward inclusion in the arts.
 
News items: 
NIDILRR Researcher Receives APS Excellence Award
James Krause, PhD, principal investigator for more than 20 NIDILRR-funded projects in spinal cord injury, received the 2021 Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership in Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction (SCI/D) Healthcare from the American Paraplegia Society. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and scholarship in the care of persons with SCI/D. Dr. Krause received the award in recognition of his exceptional scientific achievements and their positive national impact on people with SCI/D and their quality of life.
 
Sensor Technology Featured on PBS News Hour
Gesture and prosthetic sensor technology from Pison Technology, Inc., developed in part under a NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research grant (90BISA0005), was featured in How sensors, rewiring nerves could help prosthetics feel and function like real limbs on the PBS News Hour. The sensor technology in the segment, demonstrated by Principal Investigator Dexter Ang, originated from assistive technology developed to enable people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular disorders to communicate using electromyography and small muscle movements.
 
Grantee event: 
Webinar: Ask Me Anything About Employment - Disclosure and Accommodations
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (90RTEM0004) will host a webinar, Ask Me Anything About Employment: Disclosure and Accommodations, September 27th, 12-1 pm ET. In this interactive session, presenters from the Job Accommodation Network will answer participants' questions about workplace accommodations, the process for requesting and implementing accommodations, and disclosure of disability as part of the accommodation process. Registration is free and required.
 
Webinar: The Civil Rights Complaint Portal - An Accessibility Journey
The NIDILRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Regional Center (90DP0091) will host a webinar, The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey, September 28th, 1-2:30 pm ET. Presenters from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and 18-F at the General Services Administration will discuss their collaborative effort to improve accessibility and user experience for DOJ's Civil Rights Reporting Portal. The enhanced website models accessibility for persons with disabilities, and the team continues to ensure that new features are vetted for accessibility. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.
 
Webinar: Town Hall on Disability Experiences in Healthcare
The NIDILRR-funded Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course (90RTGE0002) will host a webinar, Family Support Series: Town Hall on Disability Experiences in Healthcare, September 29th, 2-3:30 pm ET. The community-wide town hall will bring together clinicians, healthcare administrators, and members of the disability and caregiving community to discuss the experiences of people with disabilities within the healthcare systems. Registration is free and required. To request accommodations or to submit questions in advance, contact caregiving@pitt.edu.
 
Participate: 
SCI Information Product Testing
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (90DP0082) seeks volunteers to provide feedback on two spinal cord injury (SCI) infocomics. Individuals with SCI and family members will be asked to review Respiratory Health After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Women with SCI will be asked to review Pregnancy and Women with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Participants must be at least 18 years old. Interviews will last about 60 minutes and eligible participants will receive $25 for their time. For more information or to volunteer, call 202/403-5600 or email msktc@air.org.
 
Elsewhere in the Community: 
Webinar: Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Tools to Assist the People You Serve
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will host a webinar, Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Tools to Assist the People You Serve, September 30th, 11 am-12 pm ET, in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Treasury, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Presenters will discuss the tools, resources, and information that service providers can use to help people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, and landlords apply for funds through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Participants will be able to share how they are promoting ERAP in their communities. Registration is free and required.
 
DOL Blog Highlights ODEP Anniversary
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) published an article in the DOL Blog, ODEP at 20: Leading Voices - Kathy Martinez. ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy interviewed Ms. Martinez, who served as ODEP Assistant Secretary from 2009 to 2015. Ms. Martinez reflected on the intersections of disability and diversity, promoting employment for people with disabilities with minority-owned businesses, ODEP's achievements over the last two decades, and important work to come.