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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!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month; fall prevention factsheet for seniors with a physical disability; practitioners in community rehabilitation settings sought as participants in a survey of the use and value of evidence-based practice (EBP); ODEP offers the Soft Skills to Pay the Bills video series and discussion guide; NIDRR grantee study explores employer attitudes toward people with visual impairments; rehabilitation outcomes measures featured at meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society; MSRRTC article on MS and workplace accommodations in Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation; registration for Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics.

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Resources from NIDRR-funded projects focusing on SCI featured in observation of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month; Managing Pain After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) added to MSKTC Hot Topic Module Series; participants with SCI sought for survey collecting information to be used in the NWRSCIS Tips from the Wheel World series and newsletter; A Better Botttom Line: Employing People With Disabilities from the National Governors Association; quarterly Grand Rounds focusing on SCI and co-occurring TBI, available in video and PDF formats; Southeast ADA Center launches montly Internet radio program ADA Live!; director of NIDRR-funded project receives 2013 Clinical  Biomechanics Award;  NNJTBIS-hosted consumer conference: Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change.

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In observation of Hispanic Heritage Month, studies on access to and utilization of services for people with disabilities in different ethnic groups are highlighted; ADA Quick Tips factsheet on service to customers with disabilities; participants with SCI sought for input on factsheets on bladder and bowel health, driving, and knowledge of SCI; community-edited accessible playgrounds database debuted on NPR website; Stats RRTC's September Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE); self-management support intervention to study barries to health access for rural Americans; webinar on creating accessible PDF documents; webinar: ADA and territorial laws and policies in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Resources for seniors in observation of Healthy Aging Month; two new SCI Forum Videos from Northwest Regional SCI System Center; participants sought for survey on cholesterol and SCI; webcast: Technology and Health: Aging Safely and More Independently; grantee giving presentation on Web accessibility as part of FCC Speaker Series; service dogs in the workplace topic of interview in Huffington Post; webcast: Building Blocks for Accessible Healthcare; webcast: AQASR, a document and checklist designed to help assess the strengths and weaknesses of systematic reviews.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and resources for better cancer screening for women with intellectual disabilities; interactive tools from ADA National Network to help improve service delivery and use of AT in college and university settings; TBI Today quarterly newsletter; ODEP sponsored online discussion forum Employer Dialogue; NIDRR fellow receives NIH grant to support research on FES interventions in stroke patients; talking TV channel guide built on early NIDRR funded prototype in development by Comcast; Wall Street Journal highlights therapies to help stroke survivors recover language years after injury; Webinar: Demystifying Rasch Analysis for Clinical Application.

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Resources for providing a safe learning environment free of bullying for children with disabilities; ADA factsheets for veterans; call for hearing instrument users to participate in survey on the compatibility of cell phones with hearing aids and cochlear implants; UN launched survey of people living with disabilities on their coping capacity during a disaster event; Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine special issue on AT; study showing job training improves employment outcomes for youth with autism; Stats RRTC Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics.

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Services provided by NARIC information specialists; useful equipment and strategies for creating a safer home; participants with disabilities sought for a survey of user needs for wireless technology; A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder available from NIMH; grantee discusses the creation of a virtual speech therapist on; grantee discusses new ways to use AT for people with disabilities on Marketplace Tech; Employer Practices State of the Science Conference; Webinar: Emergency Preparedness for Personal Assistance Service (PAS) users.

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National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) toolkit; employment research and two knew knowledge translation (KT) databases; 8th edition of How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities; UNICEF's The State of the World's Children 2013 report dedicated to children with disabilities; Burn Quality Consensus Conference convened to define burn specific outcome metrics; new free teacher's guide helping teachers to include parents with disabilities in school activities; ADA Audioconference Series: Athletic Opportunities for Students with Disabilities; Webinar: Accessibility of Web Information; Webcast: Promoting Research Findings Through Plain Language Summaires.

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Eye exams for children with developmental disabilities a focus during Children's Eye Health and Safety Month; DVDs on Parenting Techniques and Adaptations for Parents with Disabilities; participants sought for survey of bowel and bladder management in SCI; Life Labs, a United Cerebral Palsy initiative working to bring new AT to people with disabilities; position of Rehabilitation Program Specialist available at NIDRR; grantee article named most cited paper of 2012 by the journal Spinal Cord; TIDE National Update shows increased labor force participation for people with disabilities; upcoming State of the Science Conference on Innovative Research on Employer Practices.

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Note on the passing of Lita Jans, PhD, researcher who published studies on employers' hiring of workers with disabilities; video on reintegration after burn injury and severe trauma; participants sought for survey of individuals with SCI on their experiences with healthcare providers; Cents and Sensibility, a guide to money management for people with disabilities; Laugh and Learn discussion of humor and disability covered by radio station WBUR in Boston; webinar by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on strategies to engage a broad audience in research activities;  use of secondary data sources to understand aspects of community living for people with disabilities; online courses in universal design offered by the IDeA Center at Buffalo.

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