News and Notes 522 July 27
NARIC presents a discussion between its information specialists and patrons in the latest Spotlight podcast episode; This Just In... features a Peer Multiple Mentor Model (P3M) for training disability/health and rehabilitation equity researchers at a historically black college/university; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision offers a free new online job board for the blindness and low vision field, designed for organizations serving those with blindness and low vision to share professional job opportunities; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC) announces winner of its 2022 Student Design Challenge, "Gaming Head Mouse: An adaptive controller for limited mobility"; the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Inclusive Technology and Policy Design Research Fellowship hosts virtual workshop, Inclusivity at the Edge: Policy Design for Digital Technologies; the University of Alabama at Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UABTBIMS) hosts live social media Question & Answer (Q&A) on Returning to Driving After TBI; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants for a study of ConnectionsRx, a distance support program designed to help emerging adults with serious mental illness connect to their community; the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services hosts joint public meeting of the National Advisory Committees on Seniors and Disasters (NACSD) and Individuals with Disabilities and Disasters (NACIDD) to provide a status update on their work on topics specific to the needs of older adults and people with disabilities in disasters.
One of the things we love about our jobs is working one-on-one with our patrons to connect them with the research and resources they need every day. We have a team of information specialists on call who answer requests in English and Spanish by phone, email, chat, social media, and regular mail. We work with patrons to understand what they're searching for, whether it's the latest research on interventions or the right agency or organization to support community living. The information services team recently got together to talk about how we get to know our patrons, our go-to information resources, and some of our favorite and most challenging calls over the years. Listen in to the discussion in our latest Spotlight podcast episode!