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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 National Spinal Cord Awareness Month, NARIC Director Mark Odum shares his thoughts on living with SCI for more than 40 years and the research that has made this possible; Research in Focus features an innovative coaching program that may help young adults with autism spectrum disorders build their conversation skills; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) publishes an all-audio set-up guide for blind and low-vision users of the Amazon Echo Dot; Marcia Scherer, PhD, former investigator at the Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and researcher at Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment, receives the Diamond Award from the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the August National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, showing economic gains for Americans with disabilities; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Seeing Community and Building Connections with an Employment Lens, the fourth in the webinar series Advancing Equal Employment Opportunities and Creating Inclusive Workplaces; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosts weekly radio series, Healthy Moments, offering tips on preventing and controlling diseases and disorders that can impact digestive, endocrine, and urologic systems.

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2019-09-11

In observance of National Preparedness Month, NARIC presents research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its Spotlight blog to help prepare and recover from events like hurricane Dorian; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery releases Building Financial Wellness, a financial education curriculum for people with mental health and substance abuse issues; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) publishes article, People with disabilities living in the path of Hurricane Dorian, as part of its Disability in America maps series; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) hosts the next National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Lunch & Learn; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Fair Housing Act and Persons with Disabilities; the ADA National Network seeks Latino/Hispanic participants with disabilities for a survey to understand the information and service needs of Latinos/Hispanics with disabilities with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers resources to help communities through emergency events at its ready.gov website, including a mobile app for iOS and Android with real-time alerts, safety tips, locations for shelters and services, and more.

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2019-09-04

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC has resources from the NIDILRR community to help readers advocate for issues important to their community, such as proposed guidelines from the US Access Board for air carrier onboard wheelchairs, described in more detail in the Elsewhere in the Community section; the project on Improving Assessment of Opioid Use Disorder in People with Disabilities Related to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain releases brief, Assessing and Monitoring Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic and Disabling Arthritis Pain; researcher from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is interviewed in episode of the Speech Unsensored Podcast on access technology for AAC and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts a series of webinars on website accessibility in collaboration with the US Access Board; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Everything You Wanted to Know About Advisory Boards, with directors and advisory board members from two NIDILRR-funded projects discussing how they incorporate best practices for authentic and meaningful engagement to reach their intended outcomes; Learning and Working During the Transition To Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (Learning & Working RRTC) hosts webinar, Best Practices for Transition Planning for High School Students with Mental Health Conditions; the US Access Board releases draft advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial aircraft during flight and provided by air carriers for passengers whose personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin, asking for public comments on the document.

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2019-08-28

With students soon heading Back to School, NARIC is looking at courses and webinars from the NIDILRR community, featured in its recent blog post and listed in its Calendars of Events; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments publishes new webcourses for professionals working with older individuals who are blind or have low vision; two researchers from NIDILRR-funded projects will receive  awards, the 2019 Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award and the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award, from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center launches new podcast, Adventures in Accessibility, a story-telling and interview-style podcast designed to raise awareness of accessibility issues; the ADA National Network and the Regional ADA Centers host Twitter Chat: Post-Secondary Education and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA); chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health will join in online platform Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" event on suicide prevention.

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2019-08-21

In its Spotlight blog, NARIC highlights NIDILRR-funded research conducted at the top ten rehabilitation hospitals ranked by US News and World Report; the Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) publishes new toolkit, Hunting for Better Health Outcomes: A Geocaching Toolkit for Individuals with Mental Illness, geocaching being a world-wide mobile scavenger hunt using global positioning coordinates to find and hide objects; two researchers from the Ohio Regional TBI Model System Center and the Indiana TBI Model System Center receive awards from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA); the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center (BH-BIMS) launches weekly program of free yoga classes open to people with disabilities, family, friends, and members of the local community; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Opioid Use Disorder and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Health Care Settings; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) to host the 2019 Online Knowledge Translation Conference: Innovative KT Strategies That Work; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), people with burn injuries, and caregivers to give feedback on two new factsheets, Personal Care Attendants and SCI and Delirium After Burn Injury; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) releases issue brief, Wheelchair-Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment: Cutting Edge Technology, Cost-Effective for Health Care Providers, and Consumer-Friendly.

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2019-08-14

NARIC staff mourns the death of Pro Football Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, who, following his son's 1985 spinal cord injury, helped fund the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, where colleagues at the South Florida SCI Model System Center participate in ongoing research; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) develops two Achieve My Plan (AMP) E-Modules to enhance the skills of people who work with youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the July 2019 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, showing rising economic indicators for Americans with disabilities outpacing those of Americans without disabilities; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: FEMA's Office of Disability Integration & Coordination - Who We Are & How We Serve; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Insights on Traveling with a Mobility Disability, discussing the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) and the ADA and how they apply to travelers with disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments seeks participants to field test 4to24, an app for youth with blindness or visual impairment (B/VI) or deaf-blindness (DB) and their parents; the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases several new resources to improve access to health care for people with disabilities, including Modernizing Health Care to Improve Physical Accessibility, Getting the Care You Need: A Guide for People with Disabilities, and Navigating Health Care with a Disability: Our Stories, a Focus on the Provider.

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2019-08-07

NARIC has collected celebrations, reflections, events, and remembrances from across the community in observance of ADA Anniversary Month in its most recent Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness and Other Visual Impairments publishes A Human Resource (HR) Guide for Working with Employees Experiencing Vision Loss; in honor of the anniversary of the ADA, the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center debuts a Service Animal Resource Hub providing information about service animals and the ADA; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts next episode of the ADA Live! webcast, Improving Lifelong Success: The Morehouse College Approach to Academic Supports for Students with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Employment for People with Parkinson's Disease: Team-Based Strategies and Resources; the Southwest ADA Regional Center seeks participants for the ADA Impact 2020 Survey, open to people with personal and/or professional experience in disability issues; the Administration for Community Living (ACL) publishes article, Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), spotlighting achievements in research, development, and systems change, including the 20th anniversary of the Olmstead decision, since the passage of the ADA.

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2019-07-31

In observance of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NARIC has information about cultural competence in mental health and other disability services, with research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, in its Spotlight blog; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation hosts website, Self-Advocacy Online, featuring content of interest to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities involved in the self-advocacy movement; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) debuts state-level disability maps as part of their #MapMonday series; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Reflections on the ADA: Past, Present, and Future; the Northeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Outdoor Access Scenarios; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) hosts State of the Science (SoS) Conference on Employment Research, a special track of the 12th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence, including an interactive presentation of the Knowledge to Action (KTA) Framework; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of People with Serious Mental Illness (TU Collaborative) seeks participation of transition-age youth with early psychosis and their family members for a study to evaluate the promotion of community participation by Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) programs; the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers an e-learning program, Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals, in support of an effort to reduce mental health disparities among minority populations.

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2019-07-24

In observance of National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW), NARIC has research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on enfranchisement; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support published three infographics that highlight the results of new research on family support; Kendra Farrow from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments was interviewed on a podcast; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will join Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals to recognize the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Southeast ADA Regional Center will host a webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment, and Disclosure; LiveWell RERC - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function continues its call for proposals for its annual App Factory; Office of Disease Prvention and Health Promotion will host a webinar, Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health.

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2019-07-17

In continued observance of the anniversary of the ADA, NARIC has research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on inclusive emergency management in its Spotlight blog; University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) publishes four-part InfoComic series on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic pain; video, Exercise and Fitness After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), produced by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)  in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury, receives 2019 Merit Certificate from the Digital Health Rewards; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) and the RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) publish the June 2019 National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Report, noting substantially increased job numbers for Americans with disabilities based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA National Network Learning Session: The Recommendations from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) After the Disasters of 2017; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Inflexible Return-to-Work Policies - Bringing People Back to Work, discussing inflexible return-to-work rules that violate Title I of the ADA by default; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor announces "The Right Talent, Right Now" as the theme for the October 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

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2019-07-10

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