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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive

News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond is a weekly newsletter featuring news, resources, events, and opportunities to participate in research in disability and rehabilitation. Most of the stories focus on the achievements of the 250+ NIDILRR-funded projects across the US. We also include events and resources from other agencies and organizations. To sign up, go to our home page and enter your email address in the big blue box! Learn how to submit an item for the next newsletter. Are you a current subscriber or reader? We would love to know your opinion on the newsletter and how you share it with your colleagues!

NARIC presents its 300th issue of News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond, a weekly newsletter going out to more than 4,500 subscribers; NIDILRR issues Request for Information (RIF) on the incidence of opiod use disorder among people with disabilities; Research in Focus features survey of mobility device users and the impact of these devices on the users' community participation; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) posts archived presentation from the 2017 Online KT Conference; project on Measurement of Community Participation Using a Computer Adaptive Test in Persons with Burn Injuries releases video, LIBRE Profile: Perspectives from Phoenix World Burn Congress (PWBC), featuring interviews with burn injury survivors who helped develop the Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Profile; Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) seeks participants for survey of adults with disabilities using health insurance and health care services; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Physical Disabilities to host Customized Employment Webcourse, open to service providers who support job seekers and employees with disabilities; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) featured special lecture on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Persons with Disabilities.

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NARIC shares ready-to-use tools and technology developed by the NIDILRR grantee community in their blog in observance of Low Vision Awareness Month; Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, co-sponsored by NIDILRR, announces call for late-breaking oral papers and posters for its conference, TBI Across the Lifespan: Research to Practice to Policy; NIDILRR seeks expert peer reviewers for several upcoming competitions; the project Mobile Accomodations Tool: Development, Implementation and Evaluation releases the Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) app for iPhone and iPad to address accommodation requests in the workplace; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) report largest increase in job gains for Americans with disabilities in the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) January 2018 Jobs Report; ADA National Network hosted Twitter chat on reasonable workplace accommodations under the ADA; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Review of Emergency Preparedness Litigation; Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), funded by the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), hosts webinar, Emerging Workplace Technologies and Vision Loss.

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NARIC presents research, factsheets, and other resources from the NIDILRR-founded Burn Injury Model System Centers in observance of National Burn Awareness Week; Research in Focus discusses ideas shared by youth with disabilities and their parents on supporting healthy lifestyles; The Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community posts video, Diversity Partners Focus on Frederick County, MD; co-investigator for Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) to be inducted into the New York State Independent Living Council's Hall of Fame; co-principal investigator of Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)  Model System of TIRR to receive the 2018 Robert L. Moody Prize for distinguished contributions in applied brain injury rehabilitation and research; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging with Disability seeks entrants for its 2018 TechSAge Design Competition; Southeast ADA Regional Center to host 53rd episode of ADA Live!, Small Business and the ADA; US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), along with stakeholders from the US Department of Justice and US Department of State, issue a Joint Report: Ensuring Beneficiary Health and Safety in Group Homes Through State Implementation of Comprehensive Compliance Oversight.

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NARIC welcomes new NIDILRR director Dr. Robert Jaeger; NIDILRR issues new Request for Information (RFI) on opioid use disorder among people with disabilities; Research in Focus looks at Internet-based training program building parenting skills and reducing behavior challenges in children with TBI; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) releases newest version of its Employment Research Database, featuring research related to the employment of people with disabilities; researcher on Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment was co-convenor of WHO Global Research, Innovation and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit; fellow in Rusk Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (RUSK ARRT) Postdoctoral Fellowship to present on her research, Subjective and Objective Fall-Related Factors and Dual-Task Performance in Older Adults, at the 2018 Rehabilitation Psychology Conference; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) to host student research and design competition on Access and AAC; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and Southwest ADA Regional Center to host webinar, Custom AT Solutions for Employment; Social Security Administration (SSA) releases RFI related to improving adult economic outcomes for youth with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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NARIC marks the anniversaries of civil rights pioneers Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ed Roberts, the latter of whom fought for the rights of people with disabilities, and offers FAQ listing protective laws along with research and resources regarding disability-related rights and responsibilities; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities publishes new factsheet, Tips for Healthy Eating & Healthy Aging; co-director of project on Translating Transfer Training and Wheelchair Maintenance into Practice, as well as a member of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, was interviewed for episode of RehabCast: The Rehabilitation Medicine Update from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); co-investigator for Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families publishes article, Parents with disabilities  face an uphill battle to keep their children, in Pacific Standard online magazine; Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC) hosts webcast, Innovative Surgical Strategies to Restore Movement and Reduce Spasticity After SCI; Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Best Practices in Training Service Providers in Transition Competences; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Campbell Collaboration Best Practices: Grey and International Literature; Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (NSA) National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) hosts webinar, NCRTM: Your Trusted Source for Reliable and Accessible Rehabilitation Information.

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NARIC blogs about toolkits, guides, and information resources from NIDILRR-funded projects to help keep New Year's resolutions about making healthy choices, building stronger relationships, succeeding on the job, and getting more involved in the community; Research in Focus discusses benefits of testosterone screening for young men with SCI; project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise publishes briefs highlighting results of research on self-employed individuals with psychiatric disabilities; faculty mental health guide developed by RRTC on Community Living and Participation for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities featured in recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education; RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes featured in November issue of Rehabilitation Psychology; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Webinar Series: The History of Disabilities; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, A Frontline View of the Oroville Dam and Sonoma and Napa Wildfire Disasters; RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conducting test study on employment building plan called Build Your Plan; ODEP Campaign for Disability Employment Policy hosts Twitter chat on disability-inclusive culture across an organization's employment lifecycle.

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In celebration of year-end holidays, NARIC recommends articles on AT gift ideas for self-grooming, management of fatigue and stress, enjoying time with family and friends, and meal planning; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes Let's Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members; researcher at Spaulding Hospital-New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center presents lecture on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine and the Health Professions: The Experience of Physicians with Disabilities for Partners Network Grand Rounds; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts The History of Disability, Lessons from the Past, the 52nd episorde of ADA Live!; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) hosts release of 2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium; US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) releases ApprenticeshipWorks Guides for Youth, Educators/Service Providers, and Business.

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NARIC staff disseminates information to AbilitiesExpo attendees on resources related to new research on disability, available on NARIC website; Research in Focus features workplace accommodations for people with disabilities; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes new factsheet, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After Burn Injury; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) report ongoing job gains for Americans with disabilities in National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) November 2017 Jobs Report; Assistive Technology Enabling Communication project is highlighted in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) blog; Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, 2017: The Year in Review; Mid-Atlantic Regional ADA Center hosts webinar, Everybody Rides: One County's Approach to Safe, Accessible Bus Stops; Northwestern University Policy Research Fellowship accepting applications for the two-year Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publishes summary, People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop.

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NARIC looks at the influenza vaccine and how it can be overlooked when managing a disability or chronic condition for National Influenza Vaccination Week; Research In Focus looks at an online program that may help people with TBI build emotion regulation skills; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired published two articles on career mentoring and role models/mentors; RERC for Successful Aging with a Disability: Optimizing Participation Through Technology (Optt-RERC)'s video is featured in Toyota's Mobility Unlimited Challenge; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar on universal accessibility, emergency preparedness, and disaster response; NIH's News in Health covers new technologies for managing diabetes.

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NARIC staff wishes readers a Happy Thanksgiving, while hoping to meet some of them at Abilities Expo, held in Chantilly, VA, in early December; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities posts videos from the State of the Science: Advances at the Intersection of Aging and Long-Term Disability; staff from Northeast ADA Regional Center interviewed for Know Your Rights on the Aging Insights web series produced by the New Jersey Foundation for Aging; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Customized Employment: An Overview; Southwest ADA Regional Center seeks participants for survey about the use of service animals and other assistance animals by people with disabilities in public settings; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) publishes guide, A Roadmap to Behavioral Health, developed in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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