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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 answers to information requests in the Frequently Asked Questions section on its website, as well as the Answer Queue, If You Liked..., and Research in Brief sections on its Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at the link between successful employment and the ability to navigate transportation for people who are blind or visually impaired; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes Impact: Feature Issue on the Direct Support Workforce and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities; according to the Stats RRTC July nTIDE Report, experts remain optimistic about future job gains despite slight declines in employment rates among people with disabilities in the US; research from TBI Model System Centers and other TBI-related projects is featured in the July/August issue of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR); the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) conducts interviews with individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn injury, along with caregivers and registered nurses, to better understand health information needs of individuals with these injuries; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Too Much Information: Use of Mental Health Questions in the Bar Licensing Application Process; the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launches ATscale: A Global Partnership for Assistive Technology (AT), along with partners from the US and the international community, with the aim of helping 500 million people get the AT they need by 2030.

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In the latest Spotlight blog post, NARIC looks back at the origins of REHABDATA Connection, its literature awareness service, as part of the preparations for NIDILRR's 40th Anniversary; NIDILRR Director Jaeger announces the retirement of Ruth Brannon, Director of the Office of Research Services; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes factsheet, Maintenance Guide for Users of Manual and Power Wheelchairs, also available in Spanish; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communicaion (RERC on AAC) announces finalists for its 2018 Student Research and Design Competition; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Getting It Right - An After-Action Report on Major Disasters of 2017-2018; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults hosts webinar, Pre-Employment Services in Inclusive Higher Education Settings: The What, Where, and How of Good Collaboration; the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health offers information, also available in Spanish, on Adapting Activities for People with Alzheimer's Disease, providing caregivers information and resources to make a range of activities enjoyable for a person with the disease.

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NARIC is reviewing milestone publications on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from the NIDILRR community in observance of the 28th anniversary of the signing of the ADA; Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center debuts YouTube Channel featuring short videos about the ADA and accessibility; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center joins Baltimore Orioles in celebration of ADA anniversary; New England ADA Regional Center hosts event, Laugh 'n' Learn - Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 28th Anniversary at the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts Voting Rights and Accessible Polling Places, the latest episode in the ADA Live! webcast series; Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State posts video, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Signing Ceremony, July 26, 1990, featuring clips of the ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

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NARIC offers FAQ article on laws protecting voting rights of people with disabilities, as well as research and resources on access to voting from the NIDILRR community, in observance of National Disability Voter Registration Week; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) publishes manual, Using Social Media to Enhance Community Participation; Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) Centers are highlighted in spring edition of THE Challenge! quarterly magazine of the Brain Injury Association of America; principal investigator for several NIDILRR-funded projects on spinal cord injury receives 2018 Goldschmidt Award from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Open Question & Answer (Q&A), with representatives from the US Access Board answering participants' questions related to accessibility standards and other Board rulemaking; July 2018 issue of Compass newsletter, published by the Department of Labor (DOL), features A guide to for people with disabilities, as well as resources for disaster preparedness and the launch of the DOL's website.

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In observance of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, sponsored by the Office of Minority Health (OMH), NARIC's Spotlight blog features work from the NIDILRR research community and elsewhere to address disparities in mental health diagnosis and care among US minority groups; NIDILRR Deputy Director presented at the Korea National Research Institute's International Symposium on Rehabilitation Research, highlighting NIDILRR-funded research in health promotion for people with disabilities; Research In Focus presents research indicating that people with disabilities may offer an untapped pool for volunteer organizations; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities releases report detailing findings from the Family & Individual Needs for Disability Support (FINDS) study; StatsRRTC releases nTIDE June 2018 Jobs Report, noting a modest downturn in job force participation for people with disabilities, following two years of steady gains; researcher from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Develop and Evaluate Rehabilitation Technology and Methods for Individuals with Low Vision, Blindness, and Multiple Disabilities is featured in Disabled People in STEM on the Disability Visibility Project podcast; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities to host webcast, Improvement and Use of Social Skills in the Labor Market for People with Physical Disabilities; Social Security Administration (SSA) to host webinar, Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations.

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NARIC recommends health promotion resources from the NIDILRR community in observance of Men's Health Month; researcher from the project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise publishes article, Self-employment for people with psychiatric disabilities: Advantages and strategies, in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research; position papers from the WHO Global Research, Innovation, and Education on Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit, at which a co-investigator of the Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitiation Agencies served as co-convenor, have been published in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Disaster Response Efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) seeks vocational rehabilitation managers and supervisors to participate in a study on an online training program designed to enhance their abilities to translate research findings into practice; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) publishes report, Aging and Disability - Beyond Stereotypes to Inclusion: Proceedings of a Workshop.

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In recognition of the State of Washington's Ride Transit Month and its focus on public transportation options, NARIC highlights resources developed by the NIDILRR grantee community and others to help transportation administrators and advocates in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments releases second edition of A Transportation Guide For Persons Who are Blind or Have Low Vision; study entitled Rehospitalization over 10 years among survivors of TBI: A National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Study, published by several Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Centers, receives the 2018 Mitchell Rosenthal Award for best scientific publication using data from the TBI Model Systems National Database; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Discovering ME: Using a Youth-Focused Discovery Process to Build Customized Work-Based Learning Experiences; the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seeks public comment on amending its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals.

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NARIC offers links to NIDILRR-funded centers which can offer information on community resources, including ADA National Network Centers, AbleData, knowledge translation centers, and model system data centers; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL) publishes fact-sheet series, Out and About: Laws That Protect People with Disabilities; co-principal investigator of Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Visual Impairment interviewed about Transition on Track app in recent episode of Eye on Vision on WYPL-FM radio station; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA and Accessible Kiosks: Navigating Accessibility in a Touch Screen World; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts 2018 Online KT Conference, "Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders"; AbleData project seeks information on new assistive (AT) technology devices, including prototype and do-it-yourself solutions and commercially-available products; May 2018 issue of News in Health, published by the National Institutes of Health, features technology for vision and hearing loss.

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NARIC staff joins colleagues from Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) exhibiting at the Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); NIDILRR and Department of Transportation (DOT) to co-host Accessible Transportation Symposium in Washington; Research in Focus explores what would help older adults trust robots with their caregiving needs; TU Collaborative publishes evidence-based guide, Leisure Education Toolkit for Parents with Mental Illnesses; StatsRRTC reports continuing employment gains for Americans with Disabilities in May National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families to host webinar, Deaf Parents' Approaches to Parenting; ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC) seeks to interview people with disabilities who have moved out of institutions about their experiences during and after transitioning into the community; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood seeks participants for a Sequences of Employment and Education (SEED) study about school and work activities; new report from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds many behavioral health facilities have smoke-free campuses.

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NARIC Spotlight blog features research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in observance of National Senior Health and Fitness Day; NIDILRR to celebrate its 40th anniversary on October 18th, 2018 at Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); NIDILRR publishes Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Research on Opioid Use Disorder Among People with Disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) offers State Reports for County-Level Data on Disability Prevalence and Disability Employment; 8 current and former principal investigators of Model Spinal Cord Injury System Centers selected for inaugural year of the Fellows of the American Spinal Injury Association (FASIA); Southeast ADA Regional Center to host Inclusive Healthy Communities and the Americans with Disabilities Act, latest episode in the ADA Live! series; Field Initiated Project (Research) on Contingent Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (FIP-CE) seeks participants with disabilities for interviews about their experiences with non-traditional work, such as temping, freelancing, contracting, or doing app-based jobs such as Uber or TaskRabbit; Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces America's Workforce: Empowering All as theme for this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October.

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