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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!

In observance of World Occupational Therapy Day, readers can find article abstracts on recent research in occupational therapy (OT) from the NIDILRR grantee community in NARIC's REHABDATA database; recording of NIDILRR-hosted webinar, Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic, is now available; This Just In... features article new to the NARIC collection, Return to driving after moderate-to-severe traumatic injury: A traumatic brain injury model system study; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) releases new AAC learning module, Supporting Patient-Provider Communication, part of the AAC Learning Center Moodle; principal investigator for the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System receives 2021 Visionary Prize from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation; investigator for Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment receives the Distinguished Clinical Award from the Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) during the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Annual Conference; the Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts two-part virtual training, Tips and Tricks for Using Social Media to Improve Knowledge Translation in Your Employment Research and Practice; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webinar, Science Communication and Public Engagement; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Improving Health and Function Through Use of Performance Standards in Wheelchair Selection hosts state of the science webinar series, Give Thanks for Standards, promoting good practice, use, and application of wheelchair and cushion performance standards; the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education publish fact sheet, Supporting Students at Risk for Self-Harm in the Era of COVID-19.

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2021-10-27

In continuing observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NARIC explores recent employment research highlighted in the Research in Focus series; NIDILRR releases information regarding its 81 new grant and contract awards issued in Fiscal Year 2021; This Just In... features a study using semi-structured interviews to evaluate experiences of breastfeeding among women with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation publishes Policy Research Brief: Predictors of Annual Turnover Among Direct Support Professionals; research from the project Risk of Opioid Use Disorder and Related Consequences: A Longitudinal Study of Spinal Cord Injury was featured in latest episode of the RehabCast podcast from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; the Community Living Policy Center hosts screening of 6,000 Waiting - A Film About Disability Advocacy; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Learning from Patients to Provide Accessible Healthcare and Effective Communication for Patients who are Blind or have Low Vision; the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center (DRRP) Program: Research on Healthcare Policy and Disability cohosts webcast, Complex Rehabilitation Technology Service Delivery and Clinical Assessment Research: What Happens Behind the Curtain?; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (RERC TechSAge) seeks participants aged 60-80 with macular degeneration or glaucoma for study that explores everyday activities and challenges of older adults with long-term vision loss; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health is sharing resources to recognize Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month.

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2021-10-20

In continued celebration of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and its theme, America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion, NARIC has assembled resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help organizations build a culture of inclusion at work; This Just In... features a NIDILRR-funded study, Cognitive-communication predictors of employment outcomes 1 and 5 years posttraumatic brain injury; Research in Focus looks at the use, and risk of misuse, of prescription opioids among people with a history of traumatic injury; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness posts the latest episode in its Collab Chats podcast series, Amplifying the Voices of Students with Mental Health Issues on College Campuses; principal investigator for the Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center receives the Becky Adcock Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the the Association of Spinal Cord Professionals (ASCIP); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network hosts webinar, Workers with Long Covid-19 and the ADA; the Trauma Informed Care in Centers for Independent Living (CIL) seeks volunteers age 18 and over to discuss their experiences and perspectives as CIL consumers; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to host virtual event, An Inclusive Talent Pipeline for American Businesses Prize Challenge: Final Grand Prize Event, as part of ACL's NDEAM celebration; the Department of Labor (DOL) will host virtual celebration of NDEAM and the 20th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

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2021-10-13

In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), NARIC explores resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help connect people with mental illness to meaningful work in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR to host webinar series, Maternal Health and Disability: The Accessibility of Motherhood - A Workshop on Disability and Pregnancy; This Just In... presents a systematic review examining the effectiveness of employment interventions in improving employment outcomes for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); Research in Focus examines how organizational partnerships may improve access to independent living services for people with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Person-Centered Outcomes and Measurements releases Kenny's World: Person-Centered Planning, the inaugural episode of the Inside HCBS podcast; Associate Director for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC): Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities receives "Genius Grant" MacArthur Fellowship for developing devices to enable blind and visually impaired people to access everyday technologies; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network launches quarterly webinar series, Ask an ADA Professional; the project Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Low Income Youth with Disabilities hosts webinar, Supports and Barriers that Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Encounter When Starting Their Businesses; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Make No Bones About It: There Is More to Skeletal Health Than Bone Density, and We Have Much to Learn; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities hosts webcast, Effective Vocational Rehabilitation: Services for Transition Age Youth with Disabilities; the project Developing a Career Services Toolkit for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Pursuing Post-Secondary and Technical Education seeks recent graduates of career and technical education (CTE) programs as well as workers in CTE fields with mental health conditions to develop the CTE toolkit; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network (JAN) publishes article, A Practical Approach to Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation During the Pandemic.

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2021-10-06

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), throughout October, NARIC will feature NIDILRR-funded resources, events, and opportunities to participate in research related to employment and inclusion of employees with disabilities; This Just In... features a study investigating rehabilitation therapists' real-time decision-making processes regarding the use of rehabilitation technology in clinical treatment; Research in Focus looks at how failures of critical wheelchair parts could put wheelchair users at risk for breakdowns; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center in collaboration with the Rural Institute at the University of Montana releases report, Is Working from the Ofice an Essential Job Function?; project directors for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center and the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center were interviewed for a story on Fox 45 News in Baltimore, Conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); researcher from the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training in Rehabilitation Neuroscience and Engineering and the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center receives the Stanley Moldawsky Mentor Award from the New Jersey Psychological Association; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ADA Live! webcast, America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusive Employment; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Plumbed Elements: Lavatories and Sinks, Washers and Dryers, and Saunas and Steam Rooms, discussing new recommendations provided by the US Access Board; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families and the Community Living Policy Center invite workers with disabilities to share their employment experiences for their blog in honor of NDEAM; the Social Security Administration's Office of Employment Support hosts webinar, Debunking the Three Biggest Myths About Disability Benefits and Work.

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2021-09-29

In observance of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded research on medical rehabilitation to help people regain body functions they may have lost due to illness or injury or to develop functions they may have been born without. NARIC's information specialists can assist in finding information about  rehabilitation services in readers' community; This Just In... features research on wheelchair securement systems used in large accessible transit vehicles (LATVs); this week's Research in Focus finds that many people with mobile disabilities live in homes with stepped entrances and exits, which may hinder their full participation in their community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation publishes Careers in the Arts for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities; principal investigator for more than 20 NIDILRR-funded projects in spinal cord injury receives the 2021 Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership in Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction (SCI/D) Healthcare from the American Paraplegia Society; Gesture and prosthetic sensor technology from Pison Technology, Inc., developed in part under a NIDILRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research Project, was featured on a recent PBS News Hour; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, Ask Me Anything About Employment: Disclosure and Accommodations; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Civil Rights Complaint Portal: An Accessibility Journey, detailing efforts to improve the user experience of DOJ's Civil Rights Reporting Portal; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts webinar, Family Support Series: Town Hall on Disability Experiences in Healthcare; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants to provide feedback on two SCI infocomics; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development hosts webinar, Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Tools to Assist the People You Serve; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor publishes article in the DOL Blog, ODEP at 20: Leading Voices - Kathy Martinez, interviewing Ms. Martinez, a former ODEP Assistant Secretary.   

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2021-09-22

In observance of National Preparedness Month, NARIC has disability-specific resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere readers can add to their list of low- and no-cost actions to take in order to be ready for emergencies; NIDILRR to host webinar, Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic; This Just In... features study, The ParentingWell Learning Collaborative feasibility study: Training adult mental health service practitioners in a family-focused practice approach, investigating the feasibility and impact of the PWLC model in supporting mental health practitioners in implementing the family-focused ParentingWell practice approach with adults with mental illness; the New England ADA Regional Center publishes report, Results from the Identifying Challenges to Implementing the ADA Survey for Cities and Towns in New England; principal investigator for the Language and Literacy Outcomes of Preschool Children with Traumatic Brain Injury to receive the 2021 William Fields Caveness Award from the Brain Injury Association of America and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services was featured in Newsweek online article, Study finds people suffering traumatic brain injuries are more at risk of opioid abuse; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Best Practices for Ensuring Students with Food Allergies Have the Same Opportunities in Higher Education; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts the 2nd Conference on Caregiving Research; the Southwest ADA Regional Center and the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center host webinar, ADA and COVID; the Workplace Accommodation Expert Support System (Work ACCESS) project seeks participants 18 years or older with experience in workplace accommodations to evaluate the Work ACCESS decision tree for time management and task reminders; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health to host livestream event, Suicide Prevention During COVID: A Continuing Priority.

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2021-09-15

In observance of Pain Awareness Month, NARIC has gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help people living with chronic pain and their providers work together to manage the pain effectively; This Just In... features a study investigating exercise participation among older adults with mobility disabilities to understand exercise barriers and challenges; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-In-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC II) publishes its annual newsletter, TechSAge News, looking back at the past year to highlight achievements and updates; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center's latest episode of its podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, features Judy Heumann, internationally recognized leader in the disability rights and independent living movements; the Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes research brief, People with Disabilities Still at Risk in Congregate Care Settings, summarizing data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on community response to increases in COVID-19 cases in nursing home settings; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, WCAG V2.1: Understanding the Basics, discussing the development and organization of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) V2.1; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Exercise and Recreational Technologies for People with Disabilities (RERC RecTec) hosts Virtual state of the Science Conference; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks adult particpants with and without disabilities for survey on the effectiveness of wireless emergency alert (WEA) messages; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department of Education releases factsheet, OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B, exploring data on the racial and ethnic diversity of children with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the 2019-2020 school year.

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2021-09-08

In observance of National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month, NARIC has information in its Spotlight blog on studies to help people with SCI live, learn, and work independently across the lifespan; This Just In... features a study investigating whether dementia caregiving is associated with physical difficulty among informal caregivers; the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center publishes research brief, Digital Access for Students in Higher Education and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Future planning after brain injury: A guide for family caregivers, developed by the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center and the TBI Model System Collaborative Study of Amantadine for Post TBI Irritability and Aggression, is featured in the latest issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: Global Disability Leadership Before, During, and After Disasters; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts 2021 Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference, where presenters will discuss key questions pertinent to researchers and product developers interested in making a policy impact with their work; the US Census Bureau publishes infographic, 2019 Home Accessibility, on the accessibility of US homes, using data from the 2019 American Housing Survey.

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2021-09-01

With students going back to school, next week's ADA Live! podcast and the NARIC Spotlight blog have information to start a successful new school year; recording of the NIDILRR-hosted webinar, Never Being Sought After by Anyone for Anything: Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Adults with Serious Mental Illness, is now available; This Just In... features a study on barriers and facilitators to employment among employed and unemployed participants with multiple sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injury (SCI); Research in Focus looks at long-term marriage stability among people with traumatic brain injury (TBI); the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) publishes tip sheet, 5 Simple Ways to Create More Accessible Social Media Content, part of its A Researcher's Guide to Making Content Accessible series; research from the Burn Model System Centers is featured in Living Well and Suicidality After Burn Injuries, the latest episode of the Journal of Burn Care and Research (JBCR) podcast; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, ADA National Network Learning Session: Disability Accessibility in Healthcare, What's New? Recent OCR Cases and Guidance; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts ADA Live!, Back to School with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a COVID-19 World; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts the 2nd Conference on Caregiving Research; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) seeks participants for two surveys on people with disabilities and first responders; the US Access Board hosts a public briefing to share the results of a study on equipping passenger aircraft with wheelchair securement systems.

Date sent:
2021-08-25

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