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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!

In observance of Older Americans Month, led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), NARIC offers diverse NIDILRR-funded projects supporting people aging with disabilities in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR director to deliver keynote address for virtual conference, Achieving Research Equity & Inclusion, hosted by Mass General Brigham; This Just In... presents study investigating barriers and potential solutions to improving community-living outcomes for people of color with disabilities who have opioid use disorder; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) in collaboration with the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) publish infocomic, Managing Cognitive Demand; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) was featured in Forbes Magazine online article, An Online Resource for Understanding Disability by the Numbers; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Creating Welcoming Park Environments: Inclusion of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts the Second Conference on Caregiving Research; the project on Reclaiming Employment: Self-Employment Resources for Mental Health Service Users seeks users with mental health challenges who seek or are engaged in self-employment to pilot its Reclaiming Employment platform; the US Access Board seeks comments from the public regarding the appropriate low-height of accessible medical diagnostic equipment (MDE).

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2022-05-18

In observance of Better Speech and Hearing Month as well as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month, NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support communication for people with ALS and other neuromuscular disorders in the Spotlight blog; NIDILRR releases report, Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities; This Just In... presents a study on the relationship between unmet need for home and community-based services and health and community living outcomes; Research in Focus explores how both employers and workers with disabilities are feeling the effects of COVID-19 on employment and earnings; the Rehabilitation Research and Training on Employment Policy Center For Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy Research (DIEP-RRTC) launches new podcast, Let's Get to Work: Reimaging Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy; research on wheeled mobility devices from Translating Transfer Training and Wheelchair Maintenance into Practice and the Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment was featured in two segments on WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio station; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Data Visualization: Addressing Barriers and Implementing Section 508 Solutions; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Employment: Long Haulers and COVID; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Information and Communication Technology Access for Mobile Rehabilitation (mRehab) seeks participants who are physical, occupational, or speech-language therapists for a survey on clinician perspectives on patient adherence to home exercise programs (HEPs); the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) host a national essay contest for teens, Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story.

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2022-05-11

In observance of Mental Health Month, organized by Mental Health America, NARIC explores more than 25 articles about interventions, services, and supports for people living with mental health conditions in the Research in Focus series; This Just In... presents a qualitative investigation of health information resources for caregivers and individuals living with spinal cord injury; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation publishes the Spring 2002 edition of Impact: Feature Issue on Inclusive Higher Education for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities; research findings on the impacts of wheelchair breakdowns by Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment have been cited as supporting evidence by members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to introduce the Wheelchair Quality Assurance Act; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Realities of Emergency Management: Understanding Our Realities and How They Impact Inclusive Emergency Management; the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts webinar, Turning Research Findings Into Implementation Activities - The "Knowledge to Action" Cycle: A Conversation with Dr. Ian Graham; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center and the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center host webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Small Cities and Towns; the project Using the National Survey on Health and Disability Panel to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working-Age Americans with Disabilities seeks adult participants with disabilities for its 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability; the US Access Board holds virtual meeting on Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment (MDE) to gather information on the minimum heights that MDE with transfer surfaces can be adjusted to accommodate the broadest range of users.

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2022-05-04

NARIC, being one of the largest libraries with a collection focused on disability and rehabilitation research, offers links to its REHABDATA indexing database and a Spotlight podcast featuring Acquisitions Manager Natalie Collier explaining how more than 300 pieces are added to the collection each month; This Just In... presents a study examining differences between people with and without disabilities in working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their implications for cancer survivors; Research in Focus explores some of the factors connecting life satisfaction among people with traumatic spinal cord injury; the Center on Knowledge Translation on Employment Research (CeKTER) publishes tip sheet, Sharing Your Research When Your Audience Includes Members of the Deaf Community; report from the Southeast ADA Regional Center explores disparities in banking for people with disabilities and identifies strategies to close the gaps, including a tested tool banks can use to measure their progress toward full inclusion of all customers; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-IDD) hosts webcast, Career Outcomes: Taking Action Together; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Outcomes Measurement (RTC/OM) hosts webinar, Learn About and Help Test New HCBS Quality Measures; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, An Introduction to Website Accessibility; the Housing and Services Resource Center at the Adminstration for Community Living (ACL) hosts two-part webinar series, Engaging the Disability Community in Fair Housing Planning; the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) issues The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Opioid Crisis: Combating Discrimination Against People in Treatment and Recovery.

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2022-04-27

In observance of National Minority Health Month, NARIC staff presents recent research from the NIDILRR community highlighted in the Research in Focus series, as well as current projects working to close gaps in services and supports to people with disabilities living in minority communities; This Just In... presents study using data from the National Survey on Health and Disability to examine self-reported health status of sexual and gender minority (SGM) adults with disabilities compared with their non-SGM peers; the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) releases podcast, Reclaiming Yourself After Brain Injury: Hope for a "New, New" Self; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) celebrates Park Prescription Day by spotlighting two tools to connect people with mental health conditions to community park programs: Park Rx Connecting Health Goals to Park Participation and Creating Welcoming Parks and Recreation Environments: A Training for Professionals and Volunteers; the project ES-Coach: A Smartphone and Web-Based Performance Coaching Application for Employment Specialists and Teams will host seminar, ES-Coach Open House; the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center and the Regional ADA Centers to host Twitter Chat. Service Animals and the Americans withh Disabilities Act (ADA); Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families seeks stories from parents with disabilities about their experiences with the rapidly changing response to COVID in schools; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts livestream, Celebrating ACL's 10th Anniversary, featuring two panels of leaders from the disability and aging communities; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination at the National Institutes of Health will host virtual event, Animating the Future for Exceptional Minds, as part of its 9th Annual Autism Awareness Month celebrations.

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2022-04-20

In observance of National Financial Capability Month, NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to support the financial capability of people with disabilities; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input on proposed public rulemaking about NIDILRR peer review criteria, as ACL is proposing to amend its regulations for NIDILRR; This Just In... presents a study investigating factors that may contribute to COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among adults with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities publishes What is Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Anyway?, the inaugural post in the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (CPR) Blog; research from the Spinal Cord Injury Model System Centers (SCIMS) is featured in the April Issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); the Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement: National Center of Excellence Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RESILIENCE RRTC) to host webinar, Built to Scale: Scaling Up Evidence-Based  Health Interventions; the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center and the Great Plains ADA Regional Center to host the 2022 National ADA Virtual Symposium, featuring training sessions covering all areas of the ADA; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision seeks participants for remote usability study on a virtual job interview training program; RESILIENCE RRTC is accepting applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program focusing on promoting health and resilience in individuals and families in the disability community; the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy's Campaign for Disability Employment announces the launch of the "Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?" Campaign, including a public service announcement and related materials.

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2022-04-13

In observance of Autism Awareness Month and Autism Acceptance Month, NARIC presents latest research and development from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help address barriers to full participation, competitive employment, and fulfilling relationships for people with autism; This Just In... presents a study investigating life satisfaction in individuals with long-term traumatic spinal cord injury and associated biopsychological factors; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision publishes new advice sheet, Who Needs to Know?: When and How to Disclose Vision Impairment, providing information for people who are blind or have low vision and are considering disclosing their disability at work; the Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC) announces release of A Multi-Method Garnered Perspective on Factors for Promoting Rehabilitation Equity Among Multiply Marginalized People of Color with Disabilities, a special issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation; the Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for Successful Assistive Technology (IMPACT) features interviews with three women innovators in The Future is Female, the latest episode of its ImpacTech podcast series; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Ask an ADA Professional Questions: Barrier Removal Requirements for Privately Owned and Operated Businesses Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Service Animals in Healthcare Settings; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC II) to host TechSAge State of the Science Conference; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks individuals with burn injuries and their family members to provide feedback on a new infocomic about exercise after burn injury; the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division publishes Ballot Drop Box Accessibility - The Americans with Disabilities Act, providing guidance on the physical access requirements for ballot drop boxes under the 2010 ADA Standards.

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2022-04-06

Following the Academy Award for Best Film won by CODA, a story about a Deaf family and their hearing daughter who wants to become a singer, there is hope for seeing more performers with disabilities in the spotlight from now on; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) seeks input from the public on proposed public rulemaking about NIDILRR peer review criteria; Research in Focus presents survey offering insight into the impact of COVID-19 on community living and travel behavior in people with disabilities; This Just In... presents a study assessing user attitudes and implementation requirements of a tele-exercise intervention for people aging with lower body mobility impairment; the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center releases online course, Service Animals in the Workplace; the Southeast ADA Regional Center features interview with NIDILRR director Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt in special episode of the ADA Live! series; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) hosts first webinar in new series, Parenting Through Leisure, featuring strategies parents experiencing mental health issues can use to spend quality time with their children; the RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Reimagining Primary Health Care for Individuals with Disabilities; Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) hosts webinar, Pathways to Self-Sufficiency: Career and Technical Education for Youth with Emotional Disturbances; the US Department of Justice (DOJ) publishes guidance on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act, explaining how state and local governments and businesses open to the public can ensure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities in line with ADA requirements.

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2022-03-30

In observance of the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NARIC offers recent additions to its collection of research on the ACA, including several from the NIDILRR grantee community; Research in Focus finds that transgender people with disabilities may have more unmet healthcare needs than their cisgender peers; This Just In... presents a study on an automated fall detection device for older adult wheelchair and scooter users; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Person-Centered Outcomes and Measurements releases research brief, Influence of Disability Models on Person-Centeredness in Home and Community-Based Services; latest episode of Adventures in Accessibility, the podcast of the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center, features Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, who continued his career after losing his left arm in a car accident; researcher from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC Rural) discussed the need for better representation of people with disabilities in research and data collection on episode of Barrier Free Futures podcast; the Rehabilitatiion Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, Ask Me Anything About Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support (IPS); the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts three-part webinar series, Employment and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Home and Community-Based Services Outcomes hosts  Measuring Outcomes of People with Disabilities: An International Forum; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts livestream, Celebrating ACL's 10th Anniversary; the Department of Transportation (DOT) hosts virtual public meeting, Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs.

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2022-03-23

In observance of Brain Awareness Week, as well as Brain Injury Awareness Month, NARIC points to over 40 NIDILRR-funded projects conducting research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and offers a link to the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center for learning more about TBI; This Just In... presents a study exploring the personal experiences of people with disabilities navigating the US healthcare system; INROADS: Intersecting Research on Opioid Misuse, Addiction, and Disability Services publishes video and brochure, Trust Disabled People's Lived Experience; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC II) sponsors inaugural Stretch Robot Pitch Competition, inviting college students to propose innovative hardware or software solutions using the Stretch robot to support individuals with disabilities at home; principal investigator for the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center was interviewed for feature article, As fires rage, survivors struggle to find care, for WebMD; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities and RRTC on Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities host webcast, Collaborative Relationships: Promoting Transition Capable Youth; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Increasing Equitable Healthcare for People with Disabilities: Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic; the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities hosts webinar, Black, Disabled, Deaf, and Proud; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course accepting applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program on research in family caregiving for persons living with a disability; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes call for nominations for the RAISE Act Family Caregiving Advisory Council in the Federal Register; the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) releases report, Employment of Persons with a Disability: Analysis of Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Findings in Brief, examining the unprecedented changes in employment for America's workforce, both with and without disabilities, during the pandemic.

Date sent:
2022-03-16

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