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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!

Upcoming 25th anniversary of the ADA; TU Collaborative publishes physical activity guide for peer support specialists; project directors of New England and Great Plains ADA Centers interviewed re the ADA anniversary in the Washington Times; research from RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement is focus of special issue of the Journal of Disability Policy Studies; data gathered by RTC/CL is included in report on services for people with I/DD in the US Territories; Great Lakes ADA Center to host seminar: Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas; RRTC on Family Support issues call to nominate programs that support family caregivers and individuals with disabilities; Ability Path, Best Buddies, and Special Olympics publish The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs.

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Resources for parents in observation of Father's Day; Pathways RTC publishes Trauma-Informed Care, the latest issue in the Focal Point series; research from Model Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) System Centers featured in May issue of Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM); co-principal investigator for RERC for Prosthetics and Orthotics (funded 2008-2013) interviewed in Farmers with Prosthetics Face Durability Challenges on's EarthEats; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webinar, The ABCs of Assistive Listening Technology; US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) host event, Community Living for All: Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Resources from NARIC and the NIDILRR community in observance of National Aphasia Awareness Month; MSKTC releases new toolkit, Presenting Data Using Infographics; director of New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center interviewed for NBC Health News story about comedian Tracy Morgan's brain injury; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC show increased job growth for people with disabilities in this month's nTIDE report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; KTDRR hosts webcast, Cultural Competence Resources from CIRRIE; Institute for Educational Leadership is collecting stories from the ADA Generation: youth and young adults with disabilities who grew up under the ADA.

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NARIC staff attends annual Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) training conference; NERSCIC publishes the free-of-charge New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit; EPM-RRTC posts webcast, Disability and Employment Research: Research, Policy, and Practice, originally recorded in April; research from Pathways RTC has been published in special issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, with full text manuscripts available from the Pathways RTC website; RRTCDD to host conference, Promoting Health and Safety for Workers with Disabilities: Realizing the Promise of the ADA; Wireless RERC launches 2015 Survey of User Needs (SUN), open to all users and focusing primarily on cellphones, but also including questions about iPads, Android and Fire tablets, and Microsoft Surface; 2015 White House Conference on Aging, taking place July 13th in Washington, DC, is held to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans, including those with disabilities.

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NIDILRR-funded tools and resources to support inclusive fitness for people with disabilities, available from NARIC in observance of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month; the latest in the NWRSCIS SCI Forum Video series, Get a Handle On It: Maximizing Hand and Arm Function After SCI, is posted; James H. Rimmer, PhD, RecTech principal investigator, to present President's Lecture at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting; articles from three NIDILRR-funded projects finish in the top three places for the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Awards; Interagency Committee on Disability Research to host Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice and Policy; MSKTC to host webinar, Using Social Media to Promote Research; EPM-RRTC in partnership with the Kessler Foundation conducting online survey of employment issues for working-age adults with disabilities; Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) promoting equitable access to fitness and recreation equipment, facilities, and programs to support health and wellness for people with disabilities.

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Resources from NARIC in observation of Healthy Vision Month and Better Hearing and Speech Month; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind of Visually Impaired offers library of online short courses in blindness and low vision; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continued job growth for Americans with disabilities in the April nTIDE report; RTC/CL receives awards from Somali Parents Autism Network for its work on the Minneapolis Somali ASD Prevalence Project; Northeast ADA Center hosts two-part webinar, The State of Employment for People with Disabilities - Opportunities and Challenge; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support continues its national survey on family support research; LEND Brief: ASD & Culture, from the LEND Program at the University of Minneapolis, provides information on how diverse communities experience ASD and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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NARIC offers collection of resources from the NIDILRR community in observance of Older Americans Month; White House gathering information for Conference on Aging; ADA National Network publishes The ADA National Network 2015 Profile; director of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury and the Collaborative on Mobility Training receives John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM); researchers at Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living, and Southeast ADA Center receive NARRTC awards; VCU-RRTC hosts webcast, Understanding Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS); Wireless RERC calls for proposals for the App Factory to develop assistive and accessibility apps for mobile platforms; offers 14 Guides to Information and Resources.

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Annual NARRTC meeting; Community-Based Non-Work: Developing Research-Based Guidance for States and Service Providers publishes first issue of ENGAGE research brief; researcher at Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center works with Caltech students to create new AT devices; ADA National Network releases updated Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People with Disabilities; Southeast ADA continues its ADA Live! webcast series with Beach Access; ABILITY JOBS and to host nationwide Virtual Career Fair.

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Spring gardening resources from NIDILRR grantees and elsewhere; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center's video on parenting with an SCI; KTDRR to host new Community of Practice on Knowledge Translation and Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CoP-EDR); Aging RRTC featured on APMR Podcast highlighting falls research; ADA Center publishes article in Journal of Community Psychology on the use of participatory action research (PAR) to understand accessibility of community settings; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement in Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes to host webinar, Outcome Measurement Selection in Individuals with SCI; Southwest ADA Center conducts survey on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work, an ASL video series from the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program.

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Free resources from the NIDILRR community in observation of Occupational Therapy (OT) Month; two policy-related NIDILRR programs, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program: Research Policy Fellowship, and Distinguished Residential Disability and Rehabilitation Policy Fellowship, are open for applications; TU Collaborative publishes Developing Faith Communities; MARS3 Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center pilots ReWalk robotic exoskeleton outside the lab; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) edits the most recent issue of Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB); ADA Knowledge Translation  Center publishes The Pendleton Project: Making Health Care Accessible to All, highlighting the expansion of health care access for people with disabilities in Pendleton, OR; TU Collaborative to host webinar, Welcoming Congregations; Who I Am, a set of disability awareness materials from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, offers employers tools to facilitate staff training around issues of disability employment and workforce diversity.

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