News and Notes 60 April 3

April is Occupational Therapy Month; Aging Well with a Disability Factsheets; call for recipes and prep tips for a Disability Cookbook; International Workshop on CBR and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities; Spaulding-Harvard Model System receives NSCIA Chapter award; special needs for special siblings; Morph Wheels wins innovation award; people with disabilities more engaged in the workplace; Triumph Services, Inc.: assisting individuals with ASD to live and work independently.

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April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month! We really liked this "What is Occupational Therapy" video submitted by students from Maryville University for the American Occupational Therapy Association "What is OT" contest. It shows how OT helps people with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities live and work independently. Are you an OT or thinking about becoming one? Check out what we have in our collection on Occupational Therapy! April is also National Autism Awareness Month. In additional to special education services, OT may be offered to people on the autism spectrum in grade school, high school, college, and in the workplace

Resource Highlight: 

Aging Well with a Disability FactsheetsThe NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Physical Disabilities (H133B080024) offers three new factsheets: Getting Trustworthy Health Information from the Internet covers how to search for health information online and how to tell if it is reputable and up-to-date; Sleep and Aging with a Disability describes common sleep problems, their causes, and treatment options; and Getting the Most Out of Health Care Visits instructs readers how to prepare, ask questions, create a plan, and take away materials from a visit with a health care provider. Additional topics are also available

News items: 

Spaulding-Harvard Model System Receives NSCIA Chapter Award
The NIDRR-funded Spaulding-Harvard Model Spinal Cord Injury System Center (H133N110010)  received an award from the Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association in recognition of the project's "exemplary achievements which inspire others with spinal cord injuries to achieve great feats." Project Director Leslie Morse, DO, received the award on behalf of the team at the Chapter's 2013 Rise Above Paralysis Gala. 

Special Needs for Special Siblings
Tamar Heller, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Lifespan Health and Function (RRTC ADD) (H133B080009), is interviewed in Special Needs for Special Siblings (free registration required) in the Chicago Tribune. The article discusses the challenges faced by children growing up with siblings with disabilities and highlights resources to support and educate families, including The Future is Now: A Future Planning Training Curriculum for Families and Their Adult Relatives with Developmental Disabilities and the Sibling Leadership Network, both from the RRTC ADD. 

Morph Wheels Wins Innovation Award
Morph Wheels, developed by Maddak, Inc., in partnership with the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheeled Mobility (H133E080003) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) (H133A080050), won the Innovation Award at the 2013 Medtrade Spring Show. The Morph Wheel is the first completely foldable wheel designed for manual wheelchairs. Maddak engaged the RERC for the Alpha development of Morph Wheels; KT4TT performed focus group testing through Alpha and Beta phases. 

People with Disabilities More Engaged in the Workplace
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (H133B120006) released its first Trends in Disability Employment - National Update, a monthly analysis of disability employment statistics. The analysis showed positive trends in employment rates for working age people with disabilities in the US, indicating an increase in engagement of people with disabilities in the workplace. The next Trends in Disability Employment analysis will be released April 5th. Follow @DisabilityStats on Twitter or Disability Statistics on Facebook to receive alerts for upcoming releases. 

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Triumph Services, Inc.: Assisting Individuals with ASD to Live and Work Independently
The NIDRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders project (H133A080027) presents Triumph Services, Inc.: Assisting Individuals with ASD to Live and Work Independently, April 11th, 2pm CDT. The webcast will present the Triumph Services, Inc. holistic model of providing employment services to people with ASD. These holistic services have led 64% of their clients to find competitive employment in jobs that fit their interests. Registration is free but required. Continuing education credits are available. 


Call for Recipes and Prep Tips for "Disability Cookbook
The NIDRR-funded field initiated project NEW DOOR: Nutrition, Exercise, Weight Management & Disability Obesity Options and Resources (H133G120093) seeks recipes and preparation tips for a cookbook designed to improve nutrition and make food preparation more accessible, available, and fun for people with disabilities. Recipe submissions should be healthy and include the full list of ingredients and complete preparation method. Food preparation tips should describe step-by-step processes. Recipes may not be copyrighted. The deadline for submissions is October 15th. Submission instructions are available from the project's website. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

International Workshop on CBR and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Workshop report and presentations are now available for the International Workshop on Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and Persons with Intellectual Disabilities held November 2012 in Agra, India, on the occasion of the First World CBR Congress. Representatives from Egypt, India, Nicaragua, Mongolia, Italy, Palestine, and the UK offered presentations on health care, education, employment, social participation, and empowerment for people with intellectual disabilities. The report and presentations are in PDF format.