News and Notes 185 October 7

Resources from American Physical Therapy Association and NARIC collection in observance of National Physical Therapy Month; Pathways RTC's workshop, Keep Your Head in the Game, for youth in transition; September nTIDE reports on employment growth for people with disabilities; NNJTBIS director discusses TBI and youth sports on PBS-affiliate NJTV News; Rocky Mountain ADA Center's project manager featured in newsbrief from Fox-affiliate KEVN highlighting accessibility training; RRTC on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities hosts webcast: Customized Employment for Transition-Age Youth with Physical Disabilities; G3ict in collaboration with AT&T publishes Internet of Things: New Promises for Persons with Disabilities.

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October is a big month for annual observances, among them National Physical Therapy Month, sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Physical therapy, or PT, is one of the first things that come to mind when people think of rehabilitation: Working with a therapist to recover from illness or injury and get back to working, playing, and living independently. To learn more about how PT works and how to find a therapist in your area, visit APTA's MoveForwardPT website. To learn more about current research in PT, take a look at our most recent acquisitions from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere, available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

Keep Your Head in the Game
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Supporting Successful Transition for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019) has developed Keep Your Head in the Game (PDF), a new workshop for youth in transition. The workshop focuses on the challenges youth transitioning from foster care may face while pursuing their goals around higher education. Materials include a presenter's guide, case scenarios, and resources and tools for young people and their adult supporters to pursue higher education proactively while maintaining mental health and wellness. The workshop was developed in partnership with Foster Club.

News items: 

September nTIDE Reports on Employment Growth for People with Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005) reported a slip in job growth for people with disabilities in September, as shown in this month's National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The trend highlights the need for programs that support job opportunities for people with disabilities and create a more diverse workforce.

NNJTBIS Director Discusses TBI and Youth Sports with NJTV
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, project director of the NIDILRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (H133A07003/H133A120030), was recently interviewed by PBS-affiliate NJTV News. Dr. Chiaravalloti discussed the risks of concussions in youth sports and the potential for long-term cognitive deficits. She also discussed the project's recently published research on memory retraining after TBI, and how the treatment could help youth with sports-related TBI.

KEVN Highlights Accessibility Training
Maggie Sims, project manager at the NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain ADA Center (H133B130011), was featured in Officials Train to Improve Accessibility for Those with Disabilities, a newsbrief from Fox-affiliate KEVN in Rapid City, SD. Ms. Sims met with Rapid City officials and provided training to improve access and services to individuals with disabilities, as well as updates to the ADA and other laws relating to accessibility.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Customized Employment for Transition-Age Youth with Physical Disabilities
The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (H133B130011) will host a webcast, Customized Employment for Transition-Aged Youth with Physical Disabilities, October 29th, 2pm ET. This webcast will review the components of customized employment as an intervention to improve the employment outcomes of transition-aged youth with physical disabilities. The presenter will share case study examples that illustrate the use of discovery, customized job development, and employment proposal and individualized job site supports as components of customized employment. Registration is free but required.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Internet of Things: New Promises for Persons with Disabilities
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict), in collaboration with AT&T, has published Internet of Things: New Promises for Persons with Disabilities. The white paper explores the impact of smart connected objects and devices on people with disabilities, and the potential of connected technology to improve independence and quality of life from home automation to applications in health care, transportation, education, and employment.