News and Notes 61 April 10

Gardening; Tips from the Wheel World; survey of user needs now available in Spanish; Age-CAP encourages active aging; NIDRR releases long range plan for 2013-2017; NIDRR presents trends in ICT for people with disabilities; NIDRR presents the OASIS training program for parents of children with autism; Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes.

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Spring has arrived in DC! We're spending our weekends cleaning out closets and preparing garden beds for new plants. Gardening can be both recreational and therapeutic, a relaxing activity or a workout. There are many options for building and maintaining a garden that can be enjoyed by everyone. Start your own backyard oasis, look for community gardening options, or visit a botanical garden, conservatory, or arboretum to soak up some green! 

Resource Highlight: 

Tips from the Wheel World
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (H133N110009) has introduced Tips from the Wheel World, a new web feature offering first-hand advice from people living with spinal cord injury (SCI). In the first article, SCI Consumer Advisory Board member Aditya Ganapathiraju shares tips for keeping feet and legs warm. Readers are encouraged share their own experiences of living with SCI: New tips, solutions, technology recommendations, and ideas for future articles may be submitted through the tips survey form

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Presents Current and Future Trends in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for People with Disabilities
NIDRR hosts Alex Mihailidis, PhD, PEng, of the University of Toronto and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and current president of RESNA, for a presentation, Current and Future Trends in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) for People with Disabilities: How RESNA is Helping to Lead the Way, on April 17th, 11am-12:30pm EDT, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th St SW, Washington, DC - Room 4090. Dr. Mihailidis will discuss current trends in ICT through examples of innovative projects applying technology across the lifespan, future directions and areas for potential growth, and how RESNA is helping to support and lead through advances in ICT standards and policy development. Registration is free for in-person or teleconference but space is limited for both. RSVP to Margaret Campbell or call 202/245-7290. 

NIDRR Presents the OASIS Training Program for Parents of Children with Autism
NIDRR hosts Linda Heitzman-Powell, PhD, and Jay Buzhardt, PhD, of the University of Kansas Juniper Gardens Children's Project, for a presentation, The OASIS Training Program for Parents of Children with Autism, on April 17th, 2pm-3:30pm EDT, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th ST SW, Washington, DC - Room 6075. Drs. Heitzman-Powell and Buzhardt will discuss the results of the OASIS Training Program, which utilizes web-based instruction and hands-on application of trained techniques in which parents or caregivers work with children with autism while receiving modeling and feedback from professionals. Registration is free for in-person or teleconference but space is limited for both. RSVP to Doris Werwie or call 202/245-6564. 

News items: 

NIDRR Releases Long Range Plan  for 2013-2017
NIDRR released its Long Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 in the April 4th Federal Register. This Plan provides an overview of NIDRR's goals and objectives, identifies contributions that NIDRR research has made to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities, and presents NIDRR's specific goals and objectives for the next five years. 

Grantee event: 

Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes  (H133B090024) presents the Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes 2013, June 17th and 18th, at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The sessions are recommended for both professional and student-level researchers and will introduce measurement theory and application in rehabilitation. Registration is open for Day 1 (lectures only). Contact project staff to register for the full institute, including Day 2 (laboratory sessions). 


Survey of User Needs Now Available in Spanish
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) released a Spanish version of the Survey of User Needs (SUN), its cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technologies by people with disabilities. The latest version of the SUN includes questions on mobile apps and social media. Data gathered through the SUN helps the wireless industry develop new technology that can be used by everyone, including Spanish-speakers with disabilities. Take the survey online in English or Spanish, or contact John Morris at 404/367-1348 to complete the survey by phone or request a paper copy. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Age-CAP Encourages Active Aging
Age-CAP (Communities Assessment App) is a crowd-sourcing smartphone application, developed at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab, which allows seniors to rate the age-friendliness of their communities. For each location, app users fill out survey-style forms to evaluate criteria such as accessibility and noise levels. The app then produces an overall rating using guidelines published in the World Health Organization’s Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide (PDF) and developed by age-friendly community initiatives throughout North America. Users can browse submitted ratings of locations and services in their neighborhood. Age-CAP is available free for Apple and Android devices