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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 offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the topic of digital access and inclusion in observance of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD); the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) posts video, Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, featuring principal investigator of the project A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living Policy publishes new report, Driverless Cars and Accessibility: Designing the Future of Transportation for People with Disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accommodating Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Medical and Health Science Programs; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts monthly webinar series, Health Care and the ADA - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health host essay challenge, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story, seeking essays from US high school students, aged 16 to 18, that describe a teen's understanding of a mental health issue that can promote better health and well-being in their communities.

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2019-05-15

In observance of National Nurses Week, NARIC highlights the work of rehab nurses, including research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on the topic, in its What is...? series; Research in Focus looks at a new program to empower Latinx parents of children with autism spectrum disorders; the project on Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial publishes new factsheet, Customized Employment Topics: Social Capital, discussing relationships that form as people interact with each other at home, work, and in the community; principal investigator for the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) receives the Sylvia Walker National Multicultural Award, named for an African-American pioneer in the field of rehabilitation, from the National Rehabilitation Association; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Safe and Accessible Intersections, discussing basic design requirements for curb ramps, street crossings, and pedestrian signals; the Diversity Partners Intervention: Moving the Disability Employment Needle Through Value Added Relationships Between Talent Acquisition Providers and the Business Community hosts webinar, What Do We Know? Employer Engagement Lessons from the Diversity Partners Project; the White House declares May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, highlighting two programs to support inclusive fitness: the Presidental Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) and I Can Do It! (ICDI).

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2019-05-08

In observance of Mental Health Month, NARIC features publications, guides, and research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at challenges aging with spinal cord injuries can present to health, home, and relationships; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) publishes new resource, Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination; principal investigator of the project on Dose-Response Effects of Transformative Exercise in Improving Health and Function in Adults with Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was interviewed in the March episode of the RehabCast podcast from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) hosts webinar, Multi-Component Engagement Program - Considerations for Service Provision to Young Adults Early in Their Recovery; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts Season Four Episode Five of the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series; the US Access Board holds training session on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and a town hall meeting.

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2019-05-01

NARIC staff is at the annual NARRTC meeting and conference, Inclusive Disability Research and Practice: Building on our History, and posting about the conference on Twitter (@naricinfo, with posts tagged with #NARRTC); Research in Focus highlights research showing that parents with serious mental illnesses may face more scrutiny from child protective services; the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has updated its Recent Trends in Causes of Spinal Cord Injury Data Sheet; co-principal investigator for the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center receives the ACRM Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NTTBIMS) was featured in news segment, Traumatic Brain Injury Victims Learn How to Ward Off Obesity, on Dallas-Fort Worth NBC station; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Obligations and Sidewalk Basics, explaining standards for accessible sidewalks; the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) hosts webinar, Using Benefits.gov as a Tool for Citizens in Need, presenting the website, which features a publicly available database of over 1,200 government benefits and programs.

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2019-04-24

In observance of Autism Awareness Month, NARIC features autism-related studies in its Spotlight blog and REHABDATA database; Research in Focus looks at a new program to support college students with traumatic brain injuries; INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes three issue briefs on the impact of the opioid crisis on people with disabilities; principal investigator for multiple NIDILRR-funded projects on speech and aphasia receives the Illinois Clinical Achievement Award from the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA); principal investigator for the Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (NWRBMS) receives the President's Leadership Award from the American Burn Association (ABA); Psychiatric Services: From Pages to Practice podcast features two articles, one from the RRTC on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and the other from the University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (NIDILRR-funded through 2010); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) hosts webinar, Drop-In Centers as a Low-Barrier Engagement Strategy for Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) hosts event, A Woman's Voice: Understanding Autistic Needs, featuring a panel presentation with the authors of two books from the perspective of a woman on the autism spectrum.

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2019-04-17

In observance of National Minority Health Month, NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support inclusive wellness and the health of people with disabilities from minority communities; Phillip Beatty, PhD, has been appointed Director of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences; Research in Focus looks at self-directed care as a promising path to enhance recovery for people with serious mental illness; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation publishes Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Education for K-8 Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities; principal investigator for the Moss Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers from 2002 to 2017 will receive the 2019 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) has relaunched its #MapMonday series highlighting data on the geography of disability in the US; the Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webcast, Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask the EEOC: Open Question and Answer, featuring presenters from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posts videos from the conference SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research.

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2019-04-10

NARIC offers research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Public Health Week; James R. Whitehead, EdD, joins the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as the Director of NIDILRR; Research in Focus finds strong relationships may help adolescents adjusting to a traumatic brain injury (TBI); the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center adds three new training courses to its online course catalog: 2010 ADA Standards, Disability Awareness and Etiquette, and Service Animals and the ADA; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) publishes five articles as special issue of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), featuring research presented at the RERC's 2018 State of the Science Conference; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: We All Want Disability Inclusion in Emergency Management - New Research on What Is Actually Happening; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts April session of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn webinar series, featuring details of the latest Jobs Report release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and announcements from the disability employment field; the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) National Science and Technology Council releases report, Emergency Technologies to Support an Aging Population.

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2019-04-03

In observance of March as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, NARIC offers information on research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that supports the independence and inclusion of people with CP; Research in Focus examines the role of education in the employment of youths with mental health disorders and involvement with the criminal justice system; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ThinkWork RRTC) publishes report, A Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment Strategies for Provider Transformation, the latest in the Bringing Employment First to Scale series; research article from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (RERC TechSAge), In-home and remote use of robotic body surrogates by people with profound motor deficits, was published in the open-access journal PLoS One; the Southeast ADA Regional Center will host Episode 67 of the ADA Live! webcast, Opioid Addiction and the ADA; the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is recruiting individuals who are blind, have visual or print disabilities, or have physical disabilities for a survey on their experiences accessing and using technology.

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2019-03-27

NARIC offers informational resources on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in light of recent events such as the New Zeeland mosque attack and catastrophic weather in the South and Midwest; Research in Focus discusses self-employment as a promising path to build income for people with psychiatric disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) posts five new video briefs on key concepts and skills for working with youth in transition; principal investigator for the Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center was interviewed on brain damage in online magazine Tonic; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What Is a Public Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) hosts webcast, 2019 Research to Practice in the NIDILRR Community, including discussion of the project, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, What's New with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1?; the Civil Rights Center at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) at the Department of Labor (DOL) publishes new guide, Promising Practices in Achieving Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.

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2019-03-20

In observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month, NARIC has gathered information about brain injury research, rehabilitation, and recovery from the NIDILRR grantee community and elsewhere in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus looks at technology offering a new strategy for helping children with autism spectrum disorders learn sight words; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) releases new Hot Topic module, Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); NIDILRR Switzer Fellow receives the 2019 Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Websites: What is Required?; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS): Lessons from the Field; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Basic Steps and Procedures for a Campbell Systematic Review; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) offers co-host training for managers and supervisors in vocational rehabilitation (VR) as part of a study of research liaisons in VR agencies; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition seek comments from the public as they develop the National Youth Sports Strategy to increase inclusion and participation of young people with disabilities in youth sports.

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2019-03-13

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