News and Notes 82 September 4

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and resources for better cancer screening for women with intellectual disabilities; interactive tools from ADA National Network to help improve service delivery and use of AT in college and university settings; TBI Today quarterly newsletter; ODEP sponsored online discussion forum Employer Dialogue; NIDRR fellow receives NIH grant to support research on FES interventions in stroke patients; talking TV channel guide built on early NIDRR funded prototype in development by Comcast; Wall Street Journal highlights therapies to help stroke survivors recover language years after injury; Webinar: Demystifying Rasch Analysis for Clinical Application.

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month sponsored by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). Women with developmental and intellectual disabilities often miss important screenings like those for ovarian, cervical, and breast cancer because they lack access to or knowledge of preventative health programs, as seen in this study available from the NARIC collection. The Women Be Healthy video series from the recently-completed NIDRR-funded field-initiated project on Improving Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Intellectual Disabilities offers tips and encouragement to get screened on a regular basis. 

Resource Highlight: 

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes and Southwest ADA National Network Centers (H133A110029) offer Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (AT) in Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS), interactive tools to help improve service delivery and use of AT in college and university settings. The Campus Self-Evaluation Matrix measures the effectiveness of AT delivery within an institution. The Student Self-Evaluation Matrix is intended to measure and improve AT transfer to higher education settings. 

TBI Today Newsletter
The NIDRR-funded Virginia Commonwealth Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (H133A120031) offers TBI Today, a quarterly newsletter that highlights research and resources for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families. The most recent issues focus on improving relationship intimacy after TBI: Part I - Growing Emotional Intimacy After TBI (PDF) and Part II - Sharing a Love Style with Your Partner (PDF). Part III is due in the Fall. 

News items: 

NIDRR Fellow Receives NIH Grant
Rakesh Pilkar, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow under the NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program (ARRT) on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (H133P090009), was awarded a R03 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project, titled Identification of Responders to the FES Interventions in Stroke Populations, continues Dr. Pilkar's research on functional electrical stimulation (FES) interventions in the rehabilitation of stroke patients which began under his ARRT fellowship. 

Comcast to Develop Talking TV Channel Guide
A talking TV channel guide, built on an early prototype developed under a NIDRR-funded field-initiated grant, Access to Convergent Media at the National Center for Accessible Media  (H133G990105) at WGBH, is the latest accessibility initiative from Comcast Corp. Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President for Accessibility at Comcast, is leading a team to develop this technology, as well as other accessibility solutions, to expand access to the cable system's services for people with disabilities, as profiled in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer story

WSJ Highlights Benefits of Intensive Speech Therapy
Leora Cherney, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded field-initiated project Enhancing Written Communication in Persons with Clinical Aphasia (H133G120123), discussed the benefits of intensive speech therapy programs in New therapies to help stroke survivors recover language years after injury in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal. The article also covers oral reading and virtual therapist programs developed by Dr. Cherney under several NIDRR grants

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Rasch Analysis for Clinical Applications
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) offers a webinar, Demystifying Rasch Analysis for Clinical Application, October 2nd, 12pm CDT. Jennifer Moore, PT, DHS, and Chih-Hung Chang, PhD, will provide an overview of Rasch analysis for clinical applications. The webinar is designed for students and clinicians who wish to learn more about Rasch analysis and how it compares to similar concepts addressed in classical test theory. Registration is free but required and space is limited. Contact Jason Raad at for further information 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The US Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) is sponsoring an online discussion forum, Employer Dialogue, September 9th to 11th. Employers, human resource and diversity professionals, and all others with expertise and insight into disability employment issues are encouraged to participate in the Employer Dialogue by submitting ideas and comments and/or voting on others' ideas and comments. Registration is free but required to join the discussion