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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 LibraryShelfie Day, NARIC staff snaps Shelfies, posting pictures sharing favorite spots in the library stacks, while filling document requests; This Just In... presents a study assessing racial/ethnic disparities in use of preventive services among adults living with cerebral palsy or spinal bifida; Research in Focus features researchers testing whether a group-based virtual exercise intervention could help people with spinal cord injury increase their physical activity; Minority Youth and Centers for Independent Living released series of research briefs, Making Data on Minority Youth More Accessible for Centers for Independent Living (CILs); GoodMaps at the project Precise Customized Navigation for All, Indoors and Outdoors awarded first prize at the Consumer Technology Foundation Pitch Competition for their Explorer app assisting people with visual disabilities in navigating indoor spaces; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title I: Employment, Disclosure, and Reasonable Accommodation; the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities hosts webinar, Disabled Parenting Within Multigenerational Families; the Research and Education to Support the Science of Independent Living for Inclusion and Engagement National Center of Excellence RRTC hosts webinar, Built to Scale: Scaling Up Ariadne Labs' TeamBirth, discussing an innovative approach to improve communication and teamwork in childbirth; Increasing Adaptive Babycare Resources and Intervention Supports with Parents and Caregivers with Physical or Vision Disabilities seeks participants for surveys of individuals with disabilities who are parents of children aged 5 or younger and occupational therapists and assistive technologists/rehabilitation engineers providing services for parents; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) hosts Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Partners Day; the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducts Patient Listening Sessions, during which people with and without disabilities may share their experiences to help FDA staff better understand what is most important to patients.

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2023-01-25

During January, which is Braille Literacy Month, NARIC staff looks at braille literacy and how researchers and developers in the NIDILRR community and elsewhere support it in their Spotlight Blog; This Just In... features a study determining the number, length of stay, and charges of rehospitalizations during the first 5 years after the onset of traumatic spinal cord injury; Research in Focus features study offering insights into barriers to paid employment facing youth with severe disabilities; Rehabilitation Research and Training on Employment Policy: Center for Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy Research releases second season of its podcast series, Let's Get To Work: Reimagining Disability-Inclusive Employment Policy Podcast, featuring a diverse group of subject matter experts including people with lived experiences with disabilities, the business community, civil rights, and economics; researcher from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision receives the 2022 Employment Award from the Mississippi Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MAER); the Southeast ADA Regional Center launches virtual interview series, Section 504 at 50, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. including Section 504, protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities from discrimination; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Year 2022 in Review; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) hosts webinar, Virtual Release of the Annual Disability Statistics Section; The Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Creating Accessible Recreational Gaming; the CARE Study: Community Access Through Remote Eyesight seeks participants for its study to examine how assistive mobile applications support everyday tasks for individuals living with low vision; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor publishes the Employment-Population Ratio Map and the Median Annual Earnings Map, two interactive data maps to help better understanding the disability employment landscape across the United States.

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2023-01-18

NARIC staff shares supports that have helped them set and work toward their New Year's resolutions, and invites readers to share theirs, in their Spotlight blog; Research in Focus looks at different social settings where autistic adults make connections; This Just In... features an article presenting findings from a three-year study exploring employment outcomes of certified peer specialists (CPSs) in four U.S. states; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) posts three new episodes of the STAY Tuned: Supporting Transition-Age Youth Podcast; Co-Project Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System Center (RMRSIS) awarded a 2022 SCI Research Writing Prize from the Spinal Research Institute in Melbourne-Australia for article on oral health after SCI; research from the Rural Youth Apprenticeship Development Project featured in How We Work Together: The Integrated Knowledge Translation (IKT) Research Casebook, Volume 6; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Overview of the Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program: Eligibility, Services, and Career Planning for Job Seekers with Disabilities; the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SoCal-SCIMS) Program at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center hosts The Inaugural Sara J. Mulroy Spinal Cord Injury Symposium - Maximizing Readiness for Rehab: An Interprofessional Approach; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks participants with burn injuries and their families to provide feedback on factsheets on aging with burn injury, amputation after burn injury, and temperature sensitivity after burn injury; the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program - Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) is accepting applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Solutions-Focused Translational Research to Enhance Equity in Employment Outcomes and Experiences Among Multiply Marginalized Persons of Color with Disabilities; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Diversity publishes report of recommendations from its Subgroup on Individuals with Disabilities on supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the scientific workforce.

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2023-01-11

NARIC staff mourns the passing of Steven Tingus, who served as NIDILRR's director from 2001 to 2007; This Just In... presents a study exploring community employment, facility-based work, and day activities for working age people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases new course for rehabilitation professionals, Partnering with Families to Support Employment Outcomes; investigator for the project Precise Customized Navigation for All Indoors and Outdoors as well as several projects on wayfinding technologies was inducted into the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Hall of Fame; the New England ADA Regional Center receives Excellence in Community Outreach and Prevention Award from the US Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) hosts virtual Rural Disability Research and Practice Summit; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants with a mental health condition for surveys to share their stories about their social connections; the CARE Study Community Access Through Remote Eyesite seeks participants for its study examining how assistive mobile applications support everyday tasks for users with low vision; the Office of Science and Medicine at the Department of Health and Human Services issues report, Health+ Long COVID Report, focusing on people who report long-term symptoms from a COVID infection.

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2022-12-14

NARIC just added the 90,000th journal article to their REHABDATA database, which grows by more than 3,000 items per year and also contains reports, manuals, guides, and other publications, updates of which the public can access at naric.com; in this issue of Research in Focus, researchers examine barriers to employment for people living with psychiatric disorders including  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); This Just In... presents a study of factors predicting depressive symptoms in people aging with long-term physical disabilities; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) publishes infocomic, Pregnancy and Women with SCI; project director for the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center was interviewed for article in the Chicago Sun-Times about City elections board missing deadline to make polling places accessible 30 years after the passing of the ADA; the Community Living Policy Center hosts webinar, Affordable Accessible Housing and Community Living Policy; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Criminal Justice System; Elevate, Evaluate: Resource for Behavioral Health Community-Based Organizations seeks participants for study, National Survey of Parents and Caregivers with Physical and Vision Disabilities; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes blog post, Family Caregiving: A New Strategy to Address an Issue That Touches All of Us; the National Council on Disability (NCD) holds its next quarterly virtual Council Meeting, inviting public comments regarding ideas for NCD's Fiscal Year 2024 project proposals.

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2022-12-07

In observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, NARIC presents current NIDILRR-funded projects focusing on health and health equity in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming disability and rehabilitation research grant competitions; Research in Focus presents a survey examining the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the health of people with mobility disabilities; This Just In... presents a study examining rehabilitation nurses' perceptions of access, utilization, and implementation of research; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision creates the 4to24 App: Portal for Professionals, a free resource for parents of children and youth who are blind or have low vision; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the Burn and Spinal Cord Injury Model System Centers receive Digital Health Rewards for two infocomics, Respiratory Health and Spinal Cord Injury and Itchy Skin After Burn Injury, from the Health Information Resource Center; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, A Place at the Table: Accessible Event Planning Basics; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participants for an intervention study  on improving relationships between parents with mental health conditions and their children; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor publishes research data blog in honor of Native American Heritage Month, American Indian or Alaska Native Workers with Disabilities in the Labor Force.

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2022-11-30

In remembrance of Bobby Silverstein, staunch advocate for disability rights, NARIC staff posts an interview with him on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, where he discussed the past, present, and future of the ADA; this week's Research in Focus presents a diabetes prevention program which may help people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and obesity to lose weight, thereby decreasing risk of diabetes and heart disease; This Just In... presents a study examining the impact of a meeting with a vocational rehabilitation (VR) professional and a hiring manager on implicit attitudes about the competence of people who are blind; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Function for People with Physical Disabilities Focused on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction posts latest episode of its Bladder Buzz Podcast, Engineering a Better Bladder; researcher from Building Capacity to Improve Community Participation for People with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies receives best Early Career Poster award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); principal investigator for the Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for Successful Assistive teChnology Transfer (IMPACT) was interviewed for AT Update podcast, Healthy Home Lab with Paulina Villacreces and Dr. John Pearlman of the University of Pittsburgh; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Why No One Has to be Normal Anymore; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, The Peer Support Specialist Workforce During COVID-19: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Accessible Moviegoing; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) seeks adult participants for study, The Participation of People Who Relay on AAC in the Pre-Service Preparation of Communication, Education, and Medical Professionals; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers information in a video for people with disabilities in areas impacted by disasters related to adaptive or accessibility items that have been damaged and may be eligible for FEMA-assisted repair or replacement.

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2022-11-23

In observance of National Rural Health Day, designated by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, NARIC presents current research projects empowering people with disabilities and providers in rural communities in its Spotlight Blog; Research in Focus presents interviews with legislators and advocates who share challenges and solutions to protecting the rights of parents with disabilities; This Just In... features study investigating how life events such as injuries, health insurance coverage, geography, and occupation events contribute to higher mobility impairment rates in the rural US; the Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Transitions ACR) posts two new episodes of the STAY Tuned: Supporting Transisiton-Age Youth Podcast; the project Lightweight and Affordabe Soft Knee Exoskeletons to Enhance Independent Living for Broad Lower-Limb Disability Populations publishes editorial in special issue of the journal Frontiers in Neurorobotics, How can wearable robotic and sensor technology advance neurorehabilitation?; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Learning from Civil Rights Lawsuits: Effective Communication with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Low Vision Incarcerated People; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar on making holiday parties more welcoming for guests with disabilities, Accessible Entertaining: Let's Gather Together; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment hosts virtual Rural Disability Research and Practic Summit; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is recruiting individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their family members to provide feedback on new factsheet, Nutrition and Spinal Cord Injury; the National Council on Disability (NCD) hosts virtual policy briefing on its report The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities. 

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2022-11-16

NARIC staff mourns the passing of Lois Curtis, the L.C. the 1999 landmark Supreme Court decision, Olmstead vs L.C., that cemented the right of Americans with disabilities to live and participate in communities of their choosing; NIDILRR/ACL seeks input from key stakeholders in the development of its 2024-2029 Long Range Plan by November 21st; Research in Focus researchers explored the impact of COVID-19 on personal assistance services and steps people took to access supports needed to stay independent; This Just In... presents study examining results from service providers undergoing organizational transformation away from sheltered employment; the Southeast ADA Regional Center posts latest episode of ADA Live! series, Supporting Our Veterans: Tips for Job Seekers and Returning Veterans; the Disability Statistics Compendium Annual Report of 2021, published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) featured in Forbes article, Why is the employment gap for people with disabilities so consistently wide?; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Veterans with Disabilities: An Overview of Veteran Affairs (VA) Resources Supporting Independence an Inclusion; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts webinar, The Knowledge Action Cycle: How Do I Apply It to My Work?; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Common Myths and Mix-Ups; the project Elevate, Evaluate: Self-Evaluation Resource for Behavioral Health Community-Based Organizations conducts survey on state of program evaluation for community-based organizations (CBOs); the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) publishes report, The Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Research: A 2022 Update.

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2022-11-09

In observance of National Family Caregivers Month, NARIC presents NIDILRR-funded research supporting the health and wellness of caregiver communities in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR/ACL releases new video, Learn About NIDILRR: A Leader in Disability Research, Development, Knowledge Transition, and Training; Research in Focus returns with a look at the experiences of family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic; This Just In... presents a study assessing the implementation of on-demand transportation services for people with disabilities; the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities releases an updated Compendium of Data Sources for Parents with Disabilities in the United States 2022; two researchers from NIDILRR-funded projects were selected as University Scholars by the University of Illinois-Chicago; NIDILRR Director interviews principal investigator for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment Equity for Multiply Marginalized People with Disabilities (LU2E-RRTC) for article in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Blog, Building Equity in Employment: A Q&A with ACL Grantee Dr. Corey Moore; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Geographic Differences in Disaster Risk Vulnerability for People with Disabilities in the US: A Look at Data and Mapping; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) host webcast, Social Media: How to Use Data and Analytics; the project Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Trial hosts webcast, Twenty-Two Cents an Hour: Disability Rights and the Fight to End Subminimum Wages; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation is recruiting participants with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Minnesota for a study about participation in leisure groups; several Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Centers and Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers are accepting applications for fellowships focusing on employment, home- and community-based services (HCBS), and community living and participation; the World Health Organization (WHO) launches Training in Assistive Products (TAP), a free, online resource for increasing the assistive technology workforce with a focus on simple, priority assistive products.

Date sent:
2022-11-02

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