Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community

Research In Focus is a weekly publication featuring reader-friendly summaries of the latest research from NIDILRR-funded projects. Each installment presents you with an overview of a recently-published NIDILRR-funded study, highlighting important findings, and discussing implications or directions for future research. This could be a starting point to learn more about the intervention, technology, or program. We hand-select the articles from our diverse library collections, aiming to broadly cover interesting research in many areas of disability, various types of intervention, and a wide range of age spectrum from early childhood to aging with and into disability. To be alerted to new articles, sign up for our weekly email newsletter News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond! These articles are also available in Spanish. Are you a NIDILRR grantee? Learn how to recommend your recent study for an upcoming issue.

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People who use wheelchairs for daily mobility may transfer in and out of their wheelchair up to 20 times per day. Frequent transfers can put stress on a person’s upper body over time. Previous research has shown that improper transfer techniques, such as placing the wheelchair at the wrong angle or not removing or dropping... Read this article

Date published:
2018-02-28

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord after an accident or other trauma. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, more than half of people with SCI have an “incomplete” injury, meaning that nerve pathways to control movement below the injury are still partially intact.... Read this article

Date published:
2018-02-21

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

About 9.4 million Americans use a mobility device to get around. Mobility devices include walking aids such as crutches, canes, and walkers, as well as manual or battery-powered wheelchairs. Mobility devices can help people with mobility disabilities to participate in work, family, leisure, and... Read this article

Date published:
2018-02-14

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Youth with disabilities are less likely to be physically active and likely to have higher rates of obesity than youth without disabilities, according to earlier research studies. Youth with disabilities may find it challenging to follow healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular exercise and... Read this article

Date published:
2018-01-31

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is lasting brain damage from an external force, such as a fall or a car accident. TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. Children with TBI may develop behavior problems, such as aggression or impulsivity. With support from therapists and trained professionals, parents... Read this article

Date published:
2018-01-24

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

About 12,000 Americans develop a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. An SCI is damage anywhere along the spinal cord after an accident or other trauma. People with SCI may lose movement or feeling in their arms and legs (tetraplegia... Read this article

Date published:
2018-01-10

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

People with disabilities have lower employment rates than people without disabilities. According to the 2015 Disability Statistics Annual Report, only 34% of working-age Americans with disabilities were employed in 2014, compared with 75% of working-age Americans without disabilities. People with... Read this article

Date published:
2017-12-13

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is lasting brain damage from an external force, such as a fall or a car accident. People with TBI may have challenges with emotion regulation (ER), the process of recognizing and controlling their feelings or their reactions to feelings. Previous research has shown that a structured group therapy... Read this article

Date published:
2017-12-06

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

More than 400,000 Americans and about 2.5 million people worldwide have multiple sclerosis (MS), according to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. MS is a chronic condition affecting the central nervous system, which usually starts between the ages of 20 and 50. It can cause symptoms such as fatigue, trouble walking, vision... Read this article

Date published:
2017-11-29

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

About 10,000 infants, children, and youth in the United States are considered “deaf-blind.” Deaf-blindness is an uncommon and complex disability. People who are deaf-blind have both visual and hearing impairments that are significant enough to require special supports beyond those used by people who are blind or deaf only. Some... Read this article

Date published:
2017-11-15

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