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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!

April is Minority Health Month, articles on health disparities and health promotion from the NIDRR community and other sources available from NARIC; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Prosthetics and Orthotics publishes online education module on quality improvement for prosthetic and orthotic clinicians; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living seeking participants with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers, living in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, to test a health promotion curriculum; Institute of Medicine and National Research Council announce Play It Safe Video Contest, soliciting minute-length videos from youth ages 13 to 22 that promote awareness and treatment of sports-related concussions; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; study from the recently-completed NIDRR-funded Controlled Study of Venlafaxine XR for Depression After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) examining post-traumatic psychological growth following SCI is published in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine; staff at NIDRR-funded National Center on Parents with Disabilities and their Families contribute two chapters to Disabled Mothers: Stories and Scholarships by and About Mothers with Disabilities; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities to host webcast: A Measure for Studying Successfully Employed People who Use Wheelchairs.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, five NIDRR-funded projects focus on alcohol and substance abuse, and the NARIC document collection includes more than 280 related publications from the NIDRR community; NIDRR-funded AbleData project releases information sheet on options to pay for assistive devices; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks input and ideas on future SCI factsheet topics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Rounds to present webcast on autism spectrum disorder; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; the NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center and the Institute for Human Centered Design to host art exhibit/poetry slam featuring artists and poets with disabilities; NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases nTIDE Monthly Update of "first Friday" date from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems to host webinar: Reliability and Error in Measurement Instruments Developed with Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory 

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April is Autism Awareness Month; NARIC staff to bring several publications on autism from the NIDRR grantee community to the World of Possibilities Expo on Saturday, April 12th in Rockville, MD; NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) has published Buddhism and Responses to Disability, Mental Disorders, and Deafness in Asia, a Bibliography; NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project (ARRT) seeking candidates for a new post-doctoral fellowship program in disability policy research; registration open for 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities, held December 1st-3rd; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; articles from three NIDRR-funded projects appearing in the April issue of Disability and Health Journal; NIDRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders has published review of transition services for youth with autism online in Research on Social Work Practice; fellow with NIDRR-funded ARRT in Pediatric to Adult Transition project awarded Bors Award for Scientific Development; NIDRR-funded Great Lakes and Pacific ADA Centers to host May 22nd webinar: Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Auditing Web Resources for Accessibility.

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NARIC will be in booth 360 at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo in Baltimore, MD, and will give out free passes to the April 12th World of Possibilities Expo in Rockville, MD; NIDRR-funded NWRSCIS has posted Tips for Choosing the Right Wheelchair as part of the SCI Forum Video series; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes is seeking volunteers for an evaluation of its Rehabilitation Measures Database; Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement and National Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning release publication, Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Money and Retirement; NIDRR seeks expert reviewers for its Field Initiated Program competition; principal investigator in NIDRR-funded RRTC on Community Living Policy publishes commentary on improving the provision of long-term services and supports in The Gerontologist; two NIDRR-funded ADA National Network Regional Centers to host the National ADA Symposium 2014 in Denver, CO.

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Publications available from NARIC in observation of National Nutrition Month; NIDRR-funded Wireless RERC releases SUNspot, a newsletter sharing findings from data collection for the Survey of User Needs (SUN) on usability of wireless technology for people with disabilities; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded TEAMM-RERC in recent TED Radio Hour on NPR, titled "Can a prosthetic limb feel?"; National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative assists consumers with disabilities in enrolling for coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces; NIDRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative, partially funded by NIDRR, publishes Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0; principal investigator for several NIDRR SBIR and field-initiated projects receives PitchJam Award for the video modeling self-management app ScanDo; two conferences hosted by NIDRR-funded projects: Arthritis State of the Science Meeting hosted by RRTC-ENACT, and Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap.

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With Spring arriving, NARIC has several publications available on gardening and horticulture; recent webinar, Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness, available in recording or PDF format; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities is collecting examples of workplace accommodations that include assistive technology; FCC accepting nominations for the Third Annual Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility; NIDRR-funded RERC for Prosthetics and Orthotics featured in online magazine Modern Farmer; health fair planning guide available from NIDRR-funded RRTC on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions; NIDRR-funded RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired to host State of the Science Conference on improving employment outcomes for this population.

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The 25th anniversary of The World Wide Web, whose inventor was also funded by NIDRR to develop the Web Accessibility Initiative; NIDRR-funded RRTC-EBP-VR releases a training module, Integrating research into VR Practice; participants with SCI sought for survey of their primary care providers' ability to meet their health care needs; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) releases its First Responders Behavioral Health Mobile App; NIDRR releases its Organization Highlights Report for fiscal year 2013; NIDRR-funded researchers publish study of the impact of self-awareness and depression on self-reported satisfaction with life among individuals with TBI; February Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) report of  "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released; NIDRR-funded Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After Severe Disability Due to Spinal Cord Injury hosts March 13th webcast.

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Information about Trisomy, including Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome, available from Support Organization for Trisomy (SOFT) as well as NARIC; three webcasts posted by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks adult African American and Latino/Hispanic participants with TBI for survey of health information needs; the National Youth Leadership Network and the Center for Rural Strategies offers training guide on living with disabilities in rural communities; NIDRR-funded research fellow publishes article on service dog use in the workplace in ISRN Rehabilitation; Life Expectancy Tool for individuals with SCI available from NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC); NIDRR-funded National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families to host conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges; NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center to host webinar: The ADA and Religious Institutions.

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NARIC offers information and referral services in Spanish; NIDRR-funded AbleData project releases consumer guide for choosing AT products; NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center seeks veterans with TBI for study of health information needs; Federal Communications Commission Accessibility & Innovation Initiative to host presentation on innovations in voting accessibility March 11th; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded projects Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism and Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to receive the 2014 Eden Autism Services' Princeton Lecture Series Fellowship; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (NYBIMS) featured in recent issue of Good Housekeeping; TBI research from several NIDRR-funded TBI Model System Centers is the focus of articles in the October 2013 issues of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living to host March 5th seminar on a tool for measuring usability of community sites.

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NARIC adds 250 items to its collection each month, advertised in its free alert, REHABDATA Connection; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSICS) posts two exercise videos from its SCI Forum series; Rocky Mountain ADA Center seeks participants for its survey on the impact of access to transportation on social opportunities for individuals with disabilities; the Military Families Learning Network posts 80-minute webinar on identifying needs for and locating assistive and cognitive support technologies; New England ADA Center posts YouTube video, Laugh and Learn: A Panel Discussion Featuring Comedians with Disabilities; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes publishes article featuring its Rehabilitation Measures Database in January issue of APMR; the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center seeks applicants for its one-year $3,000 DeVivo Mentored Research Award; PathwaysRTC to host webinar: Youth Advocate for Youth - The Next Transition.

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