News and Notes 40 October 31

This issue includes Points of Empowerment series of topic sheets focused on issues of importance to minorities with disabilities,  ENACT seeks participants  for studies on arthritis, webinar covering access to historic buildings and facilities, Brain Injury features articles from the Model Systems Abstracts, Nancy Chiaravalloti was interviewed on the effects of concussions and second impact syndrome on football players, Paul Wehman discusses project with John Ogle of WCVE, RERC research paper wins Bors Award, and a webinar on Virtue and Psychosocial Adaptability in Disability.

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Hurricane Sandy tore up the East Coast forcing people to stay home or find safe shelter! Here at NARIC we followed the Federal Government's recommendation and stayed home. Thanks to reliable Internet access we could still answer information requests and prepare new materials for our patrons. Telework, or telecommuting, is a great example of reasonable accommodations, even if what you're accommodating is a breezy little lady named Sandy. See these articles from our search in REHABDATA.

Resource Highlight: 

Points of Empowerment Topic Sheets
The NIDRR-funded Project Empowerment: Building Research Infrastructure Capacity (H133A080060) offers Points of Empowerment, a series of topic sheets focused on issues of importance to minorities with disabilities. Each topic sheet presents research and resources in a concise and easy to share format. The most recent issues present an overview of stroke and its risk factors and prevention. Previous issues focused on psychiatric disability. Each is published in PDF format.

News items: 

Brain Injury Special Issue Highlights Model Systems
The work of the NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (H133A110004) is the focus of the October issue of Brain Injury. The special issue features six original research articles from the Model Systems. Abstracts are available free of charge.

Brain Injury in the News
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Model Traumatic Brain Injury System (H133A120030) was interviewed on the effects of concussions and second impact syndrome on football players: On DC's WTOP she was interviewed about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's return to play after concussion; on Michiana's WSBT she discussed the risk of further injury for Notre Dame players treated for concussion.

RERC Research Paper Wins Bors Award
A paper from the recently completed NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Recreational Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting Persons with Disabilities (2007-2011) (H133E120005) was awarded the Ernest Bors Award for Scientific Development by the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) (3rd story, center column). “Evaluation of activity monitors in manual wheelchair users with paraplegia” (abstract) was presented at the 2011 ASCIP Fall Conference and published in JSCM in January 2011. The award is shared by authors Shivayogi V. Hiremath and Dan Ding. The Bors Award memorializes Ernest Bors (1900-1990), an early pioneer in spinal cord medicine, by recognizing the achievements of investigators who early in their training have committed their careers to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injury.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Virtue and Psychosocial Adaptability in Disability
The NIDRR-funded Project Empowerment: Building Research Infrastructure Capacity (H133A080060) presents a webcast with Jeong Han Kim, PhD, of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Professions Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, discussing “Virtue and Psychosocial Adaptability in Disability.” The webcast will take place November 7th at 2pm EST. Registration for the live stream is now open. The archived version will be available for future viewing as well. Contact project staff for further information.


Arthritis Studies
The NIDRR-funded Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (H133B100003) is seeking participants for studies on osteoarthritis and work, knee osteoarthritis, and knee replacement. Participants for two of the studies must be local to Boston. Requirements and contact information are available from ENACT. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Accessible Historic Buildings and Facilities 
The next webinar in the Access Board's monthly series will take place November 1st from 2:30 – 4:00 EST and will cover access to historic buildings and facilities. The session will focus on addressing accessibility in planned alterations to qualified historic facilities and review permitted exceptions where State Historic Preservation officials determine that compliance would threaten or destroy a facility’s historic significance. To register for this free webinar, visit Questions for the webinar can be submitted in advance through this website. Registration closes AT 2:30pm TODAY but the session will be archived for future viewing.