News and Notes 11 April 4

This issue includes effective programs in Autism and VR, recruiting people with SCI, encouraging STEM opportunities, Jamie Schutte wins Doctoral Student of the Year, Panel discussion focuses on telerehabilitation, new findings in health promotion for women with disabilities, and Accessibility Online offers regular webcasts on accessibility issues.

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NARIC news: 

Welcome to April! Trees are blossoming, the air is thick with pollen, and pairs of geese have returned to nest in our office park. This week we debut a new, more integrated virtual reference service! Click to chat one-on-one with a librarian (during office hours) and we'll help you explore our collection, find relevant research, and identify new resources. We also offer information services in Spanish.


Resource Highlight: 

Effective Programs in Autism and VR
The NIDRR-funded project on Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (H133A080027) features profiles of programs that have proven to be effective in providing vocational rehabilitation and successful placement for clients with ASD. Each profile describes the program design and what makes it an effective service including staffing and costs, and recommendations for successfully replicating the program in other agencies. Profiles and information on nominating your agency or organization as a successful program are available from SEDL

NIDILRR News and Events: 

New Findings in Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities
Here is a quick reminder that NIDRR will host Dr. Susan Parish as she presents findings from a 3-year NIDRR-funded project to improve cervical and breast cancer screening for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (H133G090124). The presentation begins at 1:30 and is open to the public by phone at 866-682-8620, Pass code: 9671309 #. Learn more about the presentation and the project.

News items: 

Jamie Schutte Wins Doctoral Student of the Year
Jamie Schutte, a member of the NIDRR-funded Rehab Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation (RERC-TR) (H133E090002) at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded the 2012 Doctoral Student of the Year award from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. Ms. Schutte is task leader on the Autism Service, Education, Research, and Training project which includes the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, a remote administration system that is part of the gold standard in autism spectrum diagnosis. Congratulations!

Panel Discussion Focuses on Telerehabilitation
With a shortage of qualified rehab professionals in rural and underserved areas, research is showing that the results of telepractice are equal to traditional in-person service (H133E090002), according to RERC-TR's David Brienza, PhD. Among the barriers to telerehabilitation are issues of state licensure and variation in state laws. A panel of experts lead by RERC-TR's Ellen Cohn, PhD, will present on the status of state licensure and potential solutions at the upcoming 2012 American Telemedicine Association meeting in San Diego.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Accessibility Standards - The Basics
Accessibility Online from the NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) offers regular webcasts on accessibility issues. The next session on April 5th covers the basics in architectural and environmental access. Registration is free and continuing credits are available.


People with SCI in the DC area
The NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)  (H133B09002) is recruiting people with SCI who use wheelchairs for a study on pressure relief maneuvers for ulcer prevention in SCI. Email or call 202/277-1060 for eligibility information.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Encouraging STEM Opportunities
The White House Office of Public Engagement, the US Depts of Labor and Education are partnering to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for people with disabilities. The Champions of Change campaign will highlight individuals doing great work to increase these opportunities. Nominations are open through midnight on Saturday!