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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 presents a selection of podcasts produced by NIDILRR grantees, as well as podcasts that have highlighted NIDILRR-funded research, in its Spotlight blog; a blog by NIDILRR Director Anjali Forber-Pratt, PhD, "I am a brown, disabled adopted scholar activist," is published by the Administration for Community Living (ACL); This Just In... features a NIDILRR-funded study investigating the relationship between public transportation barriers and employment status among a national sample of individuals with disabilities; this week's Research in Focus finds that many people with spinal cord injury may turn to complementary and integrative healthcare to manage their health, but they may need more information about these options; the Southeast ADA Regional Center launches the Disability Rights Today podcast series, exploring facts, issues, and arguments of court cases that have shaped the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the IDeA Center at the University of Buffalo, home to NIDILRR-funded projects on universal design, receives Leadership Award from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, Accessible Pedestrian Trails and Shared Use Paths; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Health Conditions and College: Accommodations, Considerations, and Information; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision seeks participants who are blind or have low vision for a five-year study on access technology (AT) use in the workplace; the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education release resources for people who experience "long COVID" symptoms, including fatigue, cognitive challenges, and respiratory difficulty, among others.

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2021-07-28

As things are beginning to open in the US following the COVID-19 quarantine, NARIC has gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on accessible travel in its Spotlight blog; NIDILRR hosts webinar, Never Being Sought After by Anyone or Anything: Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses; This Just In... features the design of a hybrid, 3D printed assistive hand exoskeleton intended to actuate the fingers of stroke survivors; Research in Focus looks at a web-based program to teach safe and efficient transfer techniques to full-time wheelchair users; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) posts video, InsightOut, on advances and challenges in accessible and assistive wireless technologies; researchers from the project Assessment and Investigation of New Coverage Policies for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT) Within a Contemporary Accountable Care Environment receive the Sam McFarland Mentor Award at the 2021 RESNA Virtual Conference; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model System Center receives Silver Digital Health Award from the Health Information Resource Center; Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webinar, Building Work-Based Learning Opportunities in the Home, School, and Community; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities hosts webinar, Long-Term Unemployment: A Social Determinant Underaddressed Within Community Behavioral Health Programs; the App Factory to Support Health and Function of People with Disabilities opens its 2021-2022 annual App Factory grant competition; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) publishes article in the DOL blog, ODEP at 20: Driving Change Through Customized Employment.

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2021-07-21

Did you know that NARIC is a library? Explore NARIC's collection through REHABDATA; This Just In.. discusses a NIDILRR-funded study that evaluated the efficacy of a novel intervention facilitating volunteer activity to improve the well-being in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI); Research In Focus looks at the relationship between interacting with complex environments and neurocognition in people with serious mental illness; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has published two opioid use factsheets for people with burn injuries and spinal cord injuries (SCI), Outpatient Opioid Management for Adult Burn Survivors and Opioids and Your Health; an article from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center received the Most Cited Original Research Award from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, in collaboration with the ADA National Network, will host a webinar, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary Update; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) will host a webcast, Social Media for KT, Accessibility, and Inclusive Design: A Conversation with Sina Bahram; the Pacific ADA Regional Center will host a webinar, Challenges and Opportunities: Lessons Learned from ADA Coordinators Working Within Diverse Healthcare Organizations; the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (TechSAge RERC II) seeks participants for a clinical trial for Tele Tai Chi; and the National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public input on removing barriers to voting for people with disabilities.

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2021-07-14

In observance of the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), NARIC presents resources from a few ADA National Network Regional Centers to help readers learn the basics of this law; This Just In... features a study examining the extent to which resilience is associated with well-being outcomes following TBI; this week's Research in Focus challenges the notion that people aging with spinal cord injury experience decline in all areas of life; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases the 4to24 App, designed to help parents of youth with blindness or low vision support their child's transition from school through college and into the workplace; researcher from the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center receives the 2021 Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award from the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; research from the Community Living Policy Center is featured in Advancing access to independent living, an article in the Heller School Magazine about the impact of COVID-19 on access to Home- and Community-Based Services; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, How Personal Assistant Services Promote the Self-Determination of People with Disabilities Recovering from Disaster; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Disability: Away from Noway - Disability and Juvenile Justice; the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks family member caregivers of individuals with TBI to provide feedback on a new factsheet, Stress Management Strategies for Caregivers; ADA.gov, maintained by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, seeks visitors to provide feedback on an in-progress version of an improved website regarding its design and usability.

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2021-07-07

NARIC welcomes readers to visit its virtual booth at next week's 2021 RESNA Virtual Conference; This Just In... features a study exploring the relationship between higher levels of education and employment for people with visual impairments; Research in Focus explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected employment for workers with disabilities from February 2020 to January 2021; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation (RTC-CL) published new policy research brief, The Direct Support Workforce and Covid-19: Low Wages and Racial Disparities; Dr. Leora Cherney, principal investigator for nine NIDILRR-funded projects, receives the 2021 Women in Rehabilitation Science Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; Dr. James Krause, principal investigator for more than 20 NIDILRR-funded projects, is named Distinguished Professor of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in the College of Health Professions; the Southwest ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Effective Communication; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Jeopardy: Learn, Connect, and Celebrate 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network, where members from ADA Network Regional Centers will answer ADA-related questions in a Jeopardy-style game; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) hosts webinar, Using an Equity Framework in Employment Practice Implementation, where presenters will explore the concept of, and strategies for, promoting equitable implementation science; the Workplace Accommodation Expert Support System (Work ACCESS) seeks individuals with experience in providing workplace accommodations for employees with mental health concerns for a development brainstorming session; the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network hosts webinar, ADA Update, discussing the latest developments on applying the ADA in the workplace.

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2021-06-30

In observance of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, NARIC presents recent research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere on intellectual ad developmental disabilities (IDD), Alzheimer's, and other dementia; Deputy Director of NIDILRR wrote article, Research that Reflects the Rich Racial and Ethnic Diversity of People with Disabilities, published in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Blog; This Just In... presents NIDILRR-funded article, Pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities: A scoping review; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision releases new self-paced course for vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors, Exploring Self-Employment Beyond the Business Enterprise Program; principal investigator for the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center at Mount Sinai receives the 2021 Edward Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for People with Physical Disabilities hosts webinar, Supporting People with Disabilities to Decide When and How to Request Reasonable Accommodations in Employment; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (IDEAL RRTC) hosts webinar, Examining the Risk of Potentially Preventable Hospitalization in Adults  with Congenital and Acquired Disabilities; the US Access Board hosts virtual event, Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment.

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2021-06-23

NARIC presents newsletters and alerts from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere supporting the independence and participation of people with disabilities; NIDILRR hosts webinar, Social isolation and SCI - Findings from the 50-year SCI Longitudinal Aging Study, including a discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic has focused on issues of loneliness and isolation; This Just In... features a study investigating whether the use of the Interactive Mobile Health and Rehabilitation (iMHere) mobile health (mHEALTH) system would be associated with improved health and psychosocial outcomes in patients with SCI; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network Knowledge Translation Center publishes new research brief, Digital Access for Students in Higher Education and the ADA; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment (RTC: Rural) releases full state map series showing disability rates and other characteristics at the county level for all fifty states and Puerto Rico; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Achieving Equity in a Time of Scarcity: Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Experience; the Effects of Customized Employment on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities: A Randomized Clinical Trial hosts webcast, Customized Employment Topics: Informational Interviewing; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation seeks participants for a national survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals (DSPs), a follow up to the survey conducted in 2020 and open to DSPs and frontline supervisors anywhere in the United States; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor publishes a series of briefs from its Apprenticeship Inclusion Models program, which support expanding and strengthening national policy on inclusive apprenticeship, workforce development, and employment, including for people with disabilities.

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2021-06-16

In observance of Family Health and Fitness Day on June 12th, NARIC staff examines research and resources to address challenges in families getting more physical activities together, such as finding accessible facilities and accessing transportation to parks or recreation centers; This Just In... features a study determining long-term effects of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) on disability following traumatic brain injury (TBI); the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network Knowledge Translation Center and the network of regional centers post videos from the ADA State of the Science Conference; principal investigator for the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center was interviewed for the latest episode of the Brain Injury Today podcast, Your COVID Vaccine Questions Answered; the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Health Care Access for Patients and Companions that are Blind or Experiencing Vision Loss; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, Engaging Stakeholders for Research Impact; The Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research and Training Center hosts webinar, Going Virtual: How 3 Young Adult Focused Projects Pivoted to Virtual Platforms in 2020; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment is seeking participants for a study on rural personal assistance services (PAS), with participation being open to adult PAS users 18 or older and living in rural communities; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launches the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) to help people with disabilities find COVID-19 vaccination locations in their communities, make appointments, and connect to services such as transportation.

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2021-06-09

In preparation for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, NARIC recommends visiting the Pacific ADA Regional Center for publications and webinars on inclusive emergency prepareness and management and its Spotlight blog  highlighting inclusive emergency preparedness research and resources; This Just In... features a scoping review synthesizing microeconomic and macroeconomic analyses of vocational rehabilitation services promoting employment outcomes of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); Research in Focus discusses burn injury survivors with inhalation injuries and their challenges returning to work; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (CeKTER) publishes tipsheet, Accessibility 101: A Researcher's Guide in Making Content Accessible; the Center for Research, Training, and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course was highlighted in New York Times article, Family caregivers feel the pandemic's weight; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, ADA Impact on Individuals and the COVID-19 Long Haul; the Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Disability Inclusion and Considerations in Vaccination Centers and Operations; the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts their annual Knowledge Translation Conference, the theme of which is "Research Results for Policy Outcomes; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-IDD) seeks participants for an online survey on the training needs of employment service providers; the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor announces theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.

Date sent:
2021-06-02

In observance of Memorial Day, we pause to remember those we lost to COVID-19; Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, PhD, joins the NIDILRR staff as its new Director; This Just In... features a study on family caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic; Research in Focus finds that community mental health center visits may increase community participation for people with serious mental illness; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Place-Based Solutions for Rural Community Participation, Health, and Employment publishes research brief, America at a Glance: COVID-19 Vaccination Among People with Disabilities; researcher from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Physical Access and Transportation receives the Outstanding Dissertation Reward from the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction for her study Profiling Artificial Intelligence as a Material for User Experience Design; the Center for Research Training and Dissemination of Family Support for People with Disabilities Across the Life Course hosts virtual seminar in observance of Older Americans Month, Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Americans; Parents Empowering Parents: National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families hosts virtual State of the Science Conference, with session topics including Peers have much to offer parents - Leveraging the benefits of lived experience; the Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts next episode of ADA Live!; A Look at the Mental Health Needs of Indigenous People in America; the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services is accepting application submissions for the National Advisory Committee on Individuals with Disabilities, which will provide recommendations to the Secretary about medical, public health, and accessibility needs of people with disabilities related to emergencies.

Date sent:
2021-05-26

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