News and Notes 6 February 29
This issue includes highlights on new challenges of Alzheimer’s dementia, TBI Model System recruits for two brain injury research projects, correction on 2012 National Transition Conference, exoskeletons in rehab, Brain Injury Awareness Month, Sendero Group hosting sessions at CSUN, and ADA webinar series back by popular demand.
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My Thinker's Not Working
People with intellectual disabilities are living longer, which means they more likely to develop age-related and Alzheimer's dementias than in previous generations. The NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (H133B080009) has a new report on the challenges of dementia diagnosis and care for people with intellectual disabilities. The report and national action plan are available to download for free.
Correction: 2012 National Transition Conference
Last week we linked to the 2012 National Transition Conference as a program of the Transitions RTC. Transitions RTC is a participant, not a sponsor or organizer. The National Transition Conference is sponsored by the US Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), NIDRR, and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Call for papers will be announced in early March. Registration will open in late March. Watch www.transition2012.org for more information.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Have you met the NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems? These projects research the spectrum of care from point of injury, through rehabilitation, to integration back into the community. Some of the resources they offer include:
- A 2-part training video for paramedics and emergency medical technicians on the implications of brain injury (Rehab Institute of Chicago) (H133A080045).
- Center for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury (H133A020524) features more than 25 instruments to measure rehabilitation outcomes (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center).
- The Caregiver's Guide to Self-Health: Solving Problems and Reducing Stress (H133A070039) is an interactive program for families and other caregivers of people with TBI (University of Alabama at Birmingham).
- The TBI National Resource Center (H133A070036) provides relevant, practical information on TBI to all audiences (Virginia Commonwealth University).
- Seattle locals can attend evening TBI Forum discussions presented at Northwest Hospital (H133A07003) (University of Washington).
These are just a few of the resources offered by the TBI Model Systems. Visit their websites to find more!
Are you attending CSUN?
Join the Sendero Group (H133G100135) for several sessions on building accessible iPhone and Android apps. They will also be talking with smart phone users about features to include in new applications. They've posted their CSUN schedule on their blog. Many NIDRR grantees attend and present at CSUN. Follow the action by searching #CSUN2012 on Twitter!
ADA Webinar Series Back by Popular Demand
Due to overwhelming response, the NIDRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (H133A110017) is offering its Facility Standards Update Webinar series again. This three-part series covers what's been added, removed, revised, and reorganized in the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design. "Learn what's new from parking to plumbing!" Sessions are on 3/27, 4/3, and 4/10 and are just $50. Registration and course info are online.
The NIDRR-funded New York TBI Model System at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (H133B070033) is currently recruiting for two brain injury research projects. One focuses on post-TBI depression, the other on post-TBI fatigue. Study and participation information on these and other TBI studies at Mount Sinai are online.
Exoskeletons in Rehab
Craig Hospital recently took delivery of the first commercially developed wearable exoskeleton suit to be used in rehabilitation of people with paralysis and other mobility disabilities. The suit, developed by Ekso Bionics, can be used by anyone between 5'2 and 6'2 and weighing under 220 pounds. Astounde.com has a neat article describing the therapeutic applications of the suit and features a video of a similar suit (ReWalk) in action. Kessler Rehabilitation is also using the Ekso. Moss Rehabilitation Hospital was one of the first to use ReWalk, an exoskeleton developed by an Israeli researcher. Craig Hospital, Moss Rehab, and Kessler Rehabilitation are home to NIDRR-funded Model Systems for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, however these projects are not conducting research on exoskeletons in rehabilitation.