News and Notes 26 July 25

This issue includes ADA Audioconference Series, survey for primary caregivers of someone who sustained a spinal cord injury or brain injury for the past 5 years, a survey on access to worksite wellness resources for employees with disabilities,  ADA National Network offers a wealth of resources to help individuals with disabilities, RERC  study shows farm life is tough on artificial limbs, MUSC launches the longevity after injury project, and a webinar on evaluation of spinal motion in persons with transfemoral amputation with and without low back pain.

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This week we will celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act!Join the celebration by posting your memories of that day in 1990 or sharing what the ADA has meant to you on our Facebook page! Are you interested in ADA research and resources? Check out the top 1,000 reports, books, and articles indexed in REHABDATA. 

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Audioconference Series
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Network (H133A110029) offers regular audioconferences on a diverse range of topics relating to the ADA and other accessibility legislation. These low-cost sessions are designed to support professional development of an individual, a department, or an entire agency. The August 21st audioconference covers Segways, golf carts, and four-wheelers as mobility options. Schedule, program, and pricing are available online.

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Celebrate with the ADA  National Network
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110020) projects offer a wealth of resources to help individuals with disabilities, employers, and agencies to understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA and other accessibility legislation. To commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the ADA, the projects offer a full media kit, along with publications, videos, products, and training materials. Share this e-postcard from the ADA National Network with your friends, post it to your blog or facebook page, insert it in your newsletter, or print it and post it on your company bulletin board! The ADA National Network projects also offer live assistance from specialists and professionals at 800/949-4232. 

RERC Study Shows Farm Life is Tough on Artificial Limbs
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Prosthetics and Orthotics (H133G110266) reported results from a study showing that prostheses used by farmers and ranchers are not durable, affordable, or adaptable enough for their rugged lifestyles. The study, published in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology journal (abstract), is the first to provide detailed information on the limitations facing farmers and ranchers with prosthetics. These results will be used to develop educational materials for farmers and ranchers, and to help manufacturers to develop and reengineer more robust products and components. More information about this study and related publications is available online.

MUSC Launches the Longevity After Injury Project
James Krause, PhD, and the team at the Medical University of South Carolina have launched the Longevity After Injury Project (H133G110157), a portal to their extensive research on the long-term effects of SCI. The site includes publications, resources, videos, and webcasts from several NIDRR-funded projects including the Center on Health Outcomes Research and Capacity Building for Underserved Populations in SCI and TBI, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with SCI, and field initiated projects on ambulation and participation and well-being

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Evaluation of Spinal Motion in Persons with Transfemoral Amputation with and Without Low Back Pain
Join the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Prosthetics and Orthotics (H133E080009) on August 22nd for a webinar on the causes of low back pain in individuals with transfemoral amputation. The course is available for free. An MCE exam is available for a small fee. Registration and test information are online.


Health Information Needs Survey
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) is recruiting individuals over 18 who are the primary caregivers of someone who sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or burn injury in the past 5 years. Participants will engage in a phone interview to better understand caregivers’ health information needs. Participants will be compensated $20. If you are interested, please call Deeza-Mae Smith at 202/403-5127 or email for more information. 

Worksite Wellness Survey
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) at Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute is conducting survey research on access to worksite wellness resources for employees with disabilities. Worksite wellness resources include services and initiatives available through the employer that focus on promoting healthy behaviors and/or enhancing employees’ health. The survey is available online.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Save the Date for the 2012 National Employment Conference
The George Washington University National Technical Assistance Partnership is sponsoring the 2012 National Employment Conference, to be held December 5th to 7th at the Marriott Renaissance Arlington Capitol View, Arlington VA. NTAP is a partnership of GWU Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education, Utah State University's National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials, and the University of Arkansas CURRENTS. Watch the conference page for updates.