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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond is a weekly newsletter featuring news, resources, events, and opportunities to participate in research in disability and rehabilitation. Most of the stories focus on the achievements of the 250+ NIDILRR-funded projects across the US. We also include events and resources from other agencies and organizations. To sign up, go to our home page and enter your email address in the big blue box! Learn how to submit an item for the next newsletter. Are you a current subscriber or reader? We would love to know your opinion on the newsletter and how you share it with your colleagues!

NARIC signs on to the Anniversary Pledge and Proclamation in observation of the 25th anniversary of the ADA; RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities publishes two plain-language summaries; Southeast ADA Center and ADA National Network produce ADA Anniversary Toolkit; RRTC on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) publishes feature issue of Impact focusing on the ADA; RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults  announces new VR Graduate Certificate program; Northeast ADA Center to host webinar: Building Design Accessibility; TiLT Challenge, a program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, announces story telling contest for students with disabilities.

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Ten years of articles, books, and reports on autism from the NIDILRR-community available from NARIC in observation of April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day; transportation resources for blind or low-vision persons available from RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired; TU Collaborative director interviewed regarding community-based mental health services on WHYY public radio network; article from Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center wins clinical research award from the Journal of Burn Care and Research; goal management app GoalGuide is highlighted in Exceptional Parent magazine; webcast, Assistive Technology Solutions in the Workplace, hosted by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities; Autism Speaks publishes Is It Autism and if So, What Next? A Guide for Adults.

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Resources on returning to work or school following TBI from NIDRR-funded projects and the NARIC collection; newly redesigned and reorganized AbleData website; article from Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) discusses Actual Reality performance assessment tool for people with TBI; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions posts presentations from its 2014 State-of-the-Science Summit on Integrated Health Care; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) co-sponsors forum on transition to retirement for individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) presents webinar on disability and employment; Midatlantic ADA Center conducting survey of reasonable accommodations to employees in hotel and lodging industry; Public Health is for Everyone (PHEToolkit) online toolkit developed by The Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

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Publications from the NIDRR community available from NARIC in observation of Brain Injury Awareness Month; MSKTC releases Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as part of Hot Topic module series; Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (SH-TBIMS) offers webinar series on TBI for family members and loved ones during recovery from brain injury; principal investigator at Multicenter Evaluation of Memory Remediation After Traumatic Brain Injury with Donepezil (MEMRI-TBI-D) to present Rosenthal Lecture at Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference; KTDRR webcast: Employment After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); University of Alabama Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UAB-TBIMS) is collecting questions about TBI, from which selected ones will be answered  on its website in March; the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and the Brain Injury Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are seeking feedback for their Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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For Brain Injury Awareness Month, led by the Brain Injury Association of America, NARIC recommends reading Understanding TBI from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC); RRTC on Community Living, in collaboration with the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, publishes Improving Access to Health Care for Kansans with Brain Injuries; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC release February National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; RRTC-EBPVR publishes highlights and summaries of its Phase I and Phase II research on service delivery and organizational practices in vocational rehabilitation; MSKTC to exhibit at the 2015 Congressional Brain Injury Task Force Awareness Day, March 18; KTDRR to host March 11th webcast on returning to work after burn injury; TU Collaborative seeking mental health agencies to partner for research study on factors associated with community living and participation; NIMH Director's Blog discusses research and innovation in the treatment of mental health disorders, the most recent article introducing the concept of collaborative care.

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In observation of Sleep Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, NIDRR offers research publications on sleep, including InfoComic TBI and Sleep from the University of Washington Model TBI Center; MSKTC releases Understanding Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) factsheet; 2011 NIDRR Switzer Fellow is featured in There's a Map for That: Campus Activity Routes Expand Accessible Health Options, offering inclusive activity options at the University of Kansas; RRTC on Secondary Conditions in individuals with SCI releases SCI Grand Rounds presentation, Changing Muscle Evoked Responses to Improve Locomotion after Spinal Cord Injury; Northeast ADA Center hosts webinar titled The Rights of People with Disabilities as Community Members; RRTC on Family Support to conduct national dialogue with family members who provide caregiving assistance to loved ones with disabilities; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development has developed DS-Connect: The Down Syndrome Registry, a resource for the DS community.

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With all the recent snow and ice in sections of the country, here is an article with great tips on cold weather fall prevention and safety; TBI InfoComics from the University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System depicts the experiences of TBI survivors; a new policy brief from the Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities brings attention to issues of employment, poverty, and disability; a review from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research focuses on employment outcomes for cancer survivors; an article from the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center wins the Vogel Award from the American Spinal Injury Association; an open Q&A webcast hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Center to answer questions on topics related to the US Access Board's activities; the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center will host a webinar on developing effective practices for snow removal; and the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing announces the release of a free currency reader for people who are blind or visually impaired. 

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This week's edition features a commemoration of David Gray, PhD, a long-time member of the NIDRR Community and a friend of NARIC; NIDRR published its REport of Organizational Reflections of FY2014, with an introduction by Director John Tschida and a summary of the activities and achievements of the year; Nortwest Regional SCI Model System shared the opening presentation of its 2014 Summit on Well-being: Restoration of Function after SCI - New Research on Neural Stimulation; Inside Sargent highlights the arthritis research of the Center for the ENhancing ACTivity and Participation Among People with Arthritis; two members of the NIDRR community are appointed to the FCC's new Advisory Committee on Disability; UAB SCI Model System is answering questions about nutrtition and exercise after SCI; two new webcasts - one on supporting the transition to employment for youth with disabilities and the second on sexuality after SCI; EEOC and the White House have announced a new guide for employers on the recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion of people with disabilities.

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In observance of Valentine's Day, NARIC explores research literature on intimacy and disability in reSearch and shares research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere in its blog; NIDILRR requests comments on its draft long-range plan for 2018-2023; NIDILRR posts its foreast of FY 2017 grant opportunities in the database on February 13th; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer publishes two segments of an Industry Profile on Technologies for People with Cognitive Impairments; StatsRRTC posts videos and presentations from the 2016 State of the Science Conference and Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release; the work of RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment was highlighted in January issue of Forward, the magazine of Mississippi State University's College of Education; LiveWell RERC is conducting a Survey on Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology and Apps, open to adult individuals with disabilities; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) release a set of FAQs Concernng Medical Beneficiaries in Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) who Exhibit Unsafe Wandering or Exit-Seeking Behavior.

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In observation of Valentine's Day, videos and publications from the NIDRR community and elsewhere on relationships after spinal cord and brain injuries; Inclusive Higher Education Assessment Tool available, based on work of the Center on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities; findings from Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (EP-RRTC) published in the journal Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education; VISYTER technology developed at Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation to be used in pilot program by the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR); nTIDE Year-in-Review highlights positive trends for 2014; Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) seeks consumers to test draft logo for Burn Model Systems; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) hosts webcast, IPS Model of Supported Employment; Rehabilitation Services Administration announces invitation to submit rehabilitation training resources to the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM).

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