News and Notes 4 February 15

This issue includes an ADA Checklist of Readily Achievable Barrier Removal,  a study of persons aging with a SCI and Multiple Sclerosis, The Arc of North Carolina guides persons with disabilities to a wide range of housing options, COMBI features in a regular segment The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR) , Rural RTC reports on the accessibility of community infrastructure, standard for medical diagnostic equipment open for view and comments, and two dates available for ADA National Symposium presentation.

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NARIC news: 

It's the first quarter of the year so the Information and Media Specialists at NARIC are working on building our collection of reports, articles, and other publications from NIDRR grantees. This "Documents Campaign" usually nets us 80 to 150 new acquisitions! If you're a NIDRR grantee, we'll be in touch!

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Checklists
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) and the Institute for Human Centered Design have updated the Checklist of Readily Achievable Barrier Removal. They also added checklists for recreation facilities as part of the update. The checklists are available as free downloadable Word files.

News items: 

Leading Journal Partners with NIDRR Project
The NIDRR-funded Center for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury (COMBI) (H133A020524) will be featured in a regular segment in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR), the leading journal in brain injury research. JHTR will include profiles of assessment and instruments drawn from the COMBI database. The feature is designed to support effective and informed use of standardized assessments for evaluation of brain injury. More information about this partnership. NARIC often indexes articles from JHTR and we will be monitoring it for these articles on a regular basis! 

Rural RTC Reports on the Accessibility of Community Infrastructure
The NIDRR-funded Rural Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (H133B080023) report on "Grading the Accessibility of a Community's Infrastructure" will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Urban Planning and Community Development. The authors developed and tested an assessment tool to test a community's accessibility, including private businesses and municipal facilities. An abstract (ahead of print) is available free online.

Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment Open for Comments
The US Access Board has released its accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment and they are seeking your input. These standards build from those developed by the recently completed, NIDRR-funded Rehab Engineering Research Center on Accessible Medical Instrumentation (H133E020729). They provide design criteria that will allow independent access to diagnostic equipment, including types that require transfer from wheelchairs and other mobilities aids. The standards can be viewed and comments submitted through

Grantee event: 

Two Dates Available for ADA National Symposium
The ADA National Symposium will be presented in Orlando on March 12-14 and in Indianapolis May 30-June 1. Both conferences are sponsored by members of the NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014). These meetings feature training and information sessions designed to get you up to speed on the ADA and other accessibility issues. Registration and program information are online.


Currently Recruiting
inMotion Exercise Research Study at the NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Centers on Aging with a Physical Disability (H133BO80024) and Multiple Sclerosis (H133B080025) at University of Washington compares two approaches to helping people with spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis become more physically active. The study is done entirely by phone. You may be eligible if: You're at least 45, spend less than 2.5 hours per week being active, have experienced depression or hopelessness or have lost interest or pleasure in things you normally enjoy. Email or call 866/928-2114.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

A Closer Look at Housing Choices 
The Arc of North Carolina has an excellent guide to encourage people with developmental disabilities to consider the wide range of housing options available to them. While some of the resources in A Closer Look at Housing Choices are specific to North Carolina, the book contains a wealth of information that can be used in communities across the country. Chapters discuss rental searches, subsidized and group home options, and home ownership. It also includes practical tools you can use to create a housing wish list, figure out a budget, and conduct a well-organized search. The guide is available to download free of charge through the Arc of NC website.