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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!

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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News and Notes new look, based on reader recommendations; RTC on TBI publishes Parenting for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); telerehabilitation tool VISYTER from RERC TR to be brought to the healthcare marketplace; Harper's Magazine features Universal Design including interview with principal investigator at New England ADA Center; four articles from two NIDRR-funded RERCs among the best papers at CSUN 2014, appearing in the Journal of Technology and Persons with Disabilities; participants sought for UAB-SCIMS study of pregnancy in women with SCI; 2015 registration open for NARRTC Conference highlighting research by the NIDRR community; Job Accommodation Network (JAN) releases Leave as an Accommodation, the latest in the Accommodation and Compliance Series.

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Resources available from the NARIC collection in observance of National Mentoring Month; new assistive technology (AT) information projects from the AbleData project; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accepting nominations for its Fourth Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility; talking tactile maps, developed by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Develop and Evaluate Technology for Low Vision, Blindness, and Multisensory Loss and Touch Graphics, featured in Atlantic CityLab article; two articles from NIDRR-funded model systems among the most popular in the last six months' issues of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR); University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center debuts Primary Care Provider Resource website; Great Plains and Southeast ADA Centers to host the ADA National Network's National ADA Symposium.

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Do-it-yourself AT product listings in AbleData project, publications on AT inventions from the NIDRR community and other sources; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) publishes Emphasizing the Positive, summary of interventions to increase happiness in people with spinal cord injuries; University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Research Registry seeks participants with spinal cord injury for various studies; ODEP and LEAD Center releases report, Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work; NIDRR announces it will fund Field Initiated Projects (FIP) applications submitted in fiscal year 2014 rather than publishing the FIP funding opportunity for 2015; RERC on AAC was highlighted in article on Penn State researchers in Centre Daily newspaper; Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities announces 2015 webcast series; Northeast ADA Center to host webinar, Exams and Testing, on delivering exams and courses to individuals with disabilities.

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REHABDATA collection now spans more than 60 years of disability and rehabilitation research, with nearly 100,000 abstracts; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) releases Family Leisure Toolkit; Community Toolbox announces Out of the Box Competition honoring innovative approaches to promoting community health in communities worldwide; Tackle football should be off-limits to kids, commentary published by investigator at Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS); nTIDE report highlights job growth for Americans with disabilities; Rory Cooper, PhD, of University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury named Fellow by National Academy of Inventors; Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) and Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) host webcast, Inventions that Work - Employment of Cancer Survivors.

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Resources from NIDRR and beyond for individuals pledging to be more fit and active in the new year; webcasts in the Knowledge in Motion Education Series available from New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) and the Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System Center (S-HSCIMS); participants sought by Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) and Beneficial Designs for survey on technology usability by people with cognitive disabilities; University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Services announces launch of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals; New England ADA Center launches ADA 25 Boston website in celebration of 25th anniversary of the ADA; Boston Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center publishes article examining psychological outcomes of survivors of a local nightclub fire; Temple University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities launches YouTube channel featuring interviews with project investigators; Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation (KTDRR) hosts webcast on standards for AT funding.

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Summary of News and Notes 2014 highlights and appeal for respondents to News and Notes reader survey; MSKTC releases Vision Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System seeks participants for burn injury treatment study; RESNA and Whirlwind Wheelchair International announce DIY Assistive Technology Design Competition; researcher from Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation featured in YouTube video on brain injury research and rehabilitation; researchers from New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center and University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center receive DeVivo Mentored Research Reward; RERC-ACT assistive robot toy featured in article, A toy for Jadyn: Pioneering work in socially assistive robots; VCU-RRTC announces 2015 webcast series covering a range of workplace issues.

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To guide readers for the holidays, NARIC has publications on accessible gifts for children with disabilities; Virginia Commonwealth University TBI Model System Center publishes Fall issue of TBI Today newsletter; Aging RRTC seeks participants for a survey on minorities with SCI; Census Bureau releases new report, Older Americans with a Disability: 2008-2012; director of RTC/CL delivers Presidential Address at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities annual conference; RERC UD and Touch Graphics publishes article on wayfinding technology in Experiential Graphics Magazine; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing more Americans with disabilities finding employment; Northeast ADA Center presenting webinar, ADA: Back to Basics.

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