News and Notes 83 September 11

Resources for seniors in observation of Healthy Aging Month; two new SCI Forum Videos from Northwest Regional SCI System Center; participants sought for survey on cholesterol and SCI; webcast: Technology and Health: Aging Safely and More Independently; grantee giving presentation on Web accessibility as part of FCC Speaker Series; service dogs in the workplace topic of interview in Huffington Post; webcast: Building Blocks for Accessible Healthcare; webcast: AQASR, a document and checklist designed to help assess the strengths and weaknesses of systematic reviews.

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September is Healthy Aging Month (PDF), sponsored by HealthyAging.Net. Thanks to advances in health care, people are living longer meaning more of us are aging with or into disability. The NARIC library has a wealth of information on health care reform, exercise programs for older adults with disabilities, and technology and aging. For information and support services check out NARIC's Librarian's Picks on Aging. We also recommend the 2012 State of Science Conference webcasts from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability to catch up on research in technology and aging. 

Resource Highlight: 

Two New SCI Forum Videos
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) System Center (H133N110009) recently added two programs to their SCI Forum Video series. In Everybody’s Doing It! Aging with a Spinal Cord Injury, a panel of five people living with SCI discuss their experiences and share their methods for coping with changes and staying healthy and positive as they age. In Osteoporosis and Fractures in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury: What, Why, and How to Manage, Jelena Svircev, MD, reviews the effectiveness of different therapies for preventing and treating osteoporosis in people with SCI and discusses when to get bone scans, how to avoid fractures, and how to tell if you have a fracture. 

News items: 

Service Dogs in the Workplace in Focus
NIDRR Research Fellow Margaret Glenn, EdD, was interviewed in Starting a conversation about service dogs in the workplace in the Huffington Post, on her Explorative Study of Service Animal Utilization in the Workplace (H133F120031). Dr. Glenn discussed the benefits of service dogs in the workplace, and how employers and rehabilitation professionals can work together to mitigate any potential risks or liabilities. Dr. Glenn also discussed her research on the Pet-Life Radio: Working Like Dogs podcast. 

Grantee event: 

FCC Speaker Series Highlights Accessible Web
Yevgen Borodin, PhD, principal investigator of two NIDRR-funded Small Business Innovative Research projects on accessible web tools for people with visual impairments (H133S120067; H133S120055) will present Improving Accessibility for the General Public, TOMORROW, 10am-12pm EDT, as part of the Federal Communications Commission's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series (AIISS). Dr. Borodin will examine past strategies for making technology accessible and will offer solutions to improve web accessibility for all. Preregistration is recommended but not required for this free webcast. RSVP to

Webcast: Building Blocks for Accessible Health Care
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA National Network Center (H133A110029) hosts a webcast, Building Blocks for Accessible Health Care, September 17th, 2-3:30pm CDT. Mary Duranti and Karin Morris will explore basic tools that health care providers can use to promote accessibility in health care delivery. Registration is free but required. This webcast is the latest in the ADA Audio Conference Series

Webcast: Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews (AQASR)
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) hosts a webcast, Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews (AQASR), September 18th, 2-3:30pm CDT. Marcel Dijkers, PhD, will discuss the AQASR, a document and checklist designed to help clinicians, administrators, and researchers assess the strengths and weaknesses of systematic reviews. Registration is free but required


Cholesterol Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090002) offers a new quick survey on cholesterol and SCI. Results from the survey will be used to develop new educational materials for the SCI community. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Technology and Health - Aging Safely and More Independently
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Grand Rounds presents a webcast, Technology and Health: Aging Safely and More Independently, September 17th, 1-2pm EDT. Presenters will discuss how existing and emerging technologies are being designed and tested to help older adults remain healthy and live independently. No registration is required to watch the live webcast.