News and Notes 485 October 27
In observance of World Occupational Therapy Day, readers can find article abstracts on recent research in occupational therapy (OT) from the NIDILRR grantee community in NARIC's REHABDATA database; recording of NIDILRR-hosted webinar, Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic, is now available; This Just In... features article new to the NARIC collection, Return to driving after moderate-to-severe traumatic injury: A traumatic brain injury model system study; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) releases new AAC learning module, Supporting Patient-Provider Communication, part of the AAC Learning Center Moodle; principal investigator for the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System receives 2021 Visionary Prize from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation; investigator for Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment receives the Distinguished Clinical Award from the Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) during the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Annual Conference; the Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts two-part virtual training, Tips and Tricks for Using Social Media to Improve Knowledge Translation in Your Employment Research and Practice; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Science Communication and Public Engagement; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Improving Health and Function Through Use of Performance Standards in Wheelchair Selection hosts state of the science webinar series, Give Thanks for Standards, promoting good practice, use, and application of wheelchair and cushion performance standards; the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education publish fact sheet, Supporting Students at Risk for Self-Harm in the Era of COVID-19.
Today is World Occupational Therapy Day, organized by the World Foundation of Occupational Therapists. Occupational therapists (OTs) assist people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through their everyday activities. People might know that OTs help those recovering from injury or illness to return to daily tasks like dressing, eating, and taking care of their home. But did you know they can also help with returning to the workplace and job tasks, creating ergonomic workspaces and learning spaces, supporting independent parenting for parents with disabilities, helping older adults remain safe at home or on the roads, and helping children engage in school and play? They can also help in finding assistive technology solutions for home, school, work, or leisure. If you are interested in recent research in OT from the NIDILRR grantee community, browse abstracts from the REHABDATA database. If you've worked with an OT, celebrate your experience on social media with the hashtag #WorldOTDay.