News and Notes 12 April 11

This issue includes new consumer fact sheet on burn injury, usability testing of TBI consumer factsheets, HHS and education partner to stop bullying,  Luis Salvador-Carulla, MD, PhD, discussing international perspectives on bridging knowledge and practice in aging and disability, John Whyte wins award for Excellence in Research & Education, and online meeting on global public inclusive infrastructure.

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New Consumer Fact Sheets on Burn Injury
The NIDRR-funded Burn Injury Model Systems (H133A110004), in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), recently released three new factsheets for consumers. Wound Care and Scar Management after Burn Injury gives an overview of scar wounds and suggests methods for managing them. Employment after Burn Injury discusses and gives guidelines to address the challenges that some burn survivors experience as they seek employment after injury. Finally, Social Interaction after Burn Injury explains and helps burn survivors navigate the social obstacles that they may confront after injury.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR and AoA Present:International Perspectives on Bridging Knowledge and Practice in Aging and Disability
On April 13 at 11am EST, NIDRR and the Administration on Aging (AoA) present Luis Salvador-Carulla, MD, PhD, discussing international perspectives on bridging knowledge and practice in aging and disability. Dr. Salvador-Carulla is a leading international expert on healthy aging, mental health, and bridging knowledge between aging and disability in European and social policy arenas. This event is open to the public in person but space at AoA is limited. You may also join by phone and by WebEx. Reservation and WebEx information are available at

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Dr. John Whyte Wins Award for Excellence in Research & Education
Dr. John Whyte, Director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute and a highly successful NIDRR-funded project on brain injury (H133G080066), was awarded the Joel A. DeLisa MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the Kessler Foundation. Dr. Whyte's research advances rehabilitation strategies that are improving outcomes for people with severe brain injury. Read more about Dr. Whyte's research.

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Upcoming: Online Meeting on a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure
An online meeting will be held April 18, 2012 at 1 PM Eastern (GMT-4), to discuss disability statistics and market research related to development of a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). This meeting is a follow-up to the March 1, 2012 "GPII Impact & Implications" panel at the CSUN International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference, and will be led by Mark Richert (American Foundation for the Blind) and Jim Tobias (Inclusive Technologies). GPII is a central activity of Raising the Floor - International, launched by a coalition led by the NIDRR-funded RERC on Universal Interface & Information Technology Access (H133E080022). Registration and information for the online meeting


Usability Testing of TBI Consumer Factsheets
The NIDRR-funded MSKTC (H133A110004) develops consumer resources for spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury (TBI) along with burn injury. They are currently testing new TBI factsheets. If you are 18 or older, in a monogamous relationship, and you or your partner have experienced a TBI in the last five years, contact to find out how you can help.


Elsewhere in the Community: 

HHS & Education Partner to Stop Bullying
The US Depts of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website. The site includes tools and materials designed to encourage children, parents, educators, and community members to take action to stop and prevent bullying, even cyberbullying. While all kids may experience bullying, children with disabilities are often at higher risk.