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News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond Archive

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!

First News and Notes issue of 2014; information about visitability, a design approach integrating basic accessibility features into all newly built dwellings, available from the NARIC collection; Annual Disability Statistics Compendium available from NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC; participants with burn injuries sought for survey conducted by the Northwest Regional Burn Model System; workshop, Hearing Loss and Healthy Hearing, hosted by the Institute on Medicine and the National Research Council; development by NIDRR-funded project on Classification and Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Interventions of a rehabilitation treatment taxonomy (RTT) featured in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMJ); video from highlights NIDRR-funded research on pediatric traumatic brain injury; NIDRR-funded researcher discusses the concept of visitability and the impact of non-visitable homes on wheelchair users in interview by; treatment of common types of chronic pain in SCI patients topic of Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center SCI Forum, Managing Chronic Pain, January 14th.   

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Reader input on News and Notes requested; Wireless RERC releases research brief on cellphone Internet use by people with disabilities; volunteers with SCI sought for study about daily physical activities and history of respiratory health; "Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work," a YouTube video from the SSA about services offered through the Ticket to Work program; staff from NIDRR-funded Pathways RTC to serve as guest editors of 2014 issue of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research (JBHS&R); free national radio program "ADA Live! Effective Communication" airs the first Wednesday of every month; State of the Science Conference: Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap, April 8th and 9th in Bethesda, MD.

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Advice on keeping warm in winter from Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System's Tips from the Wheel World series; publication from NIDRR-funded Transitions RTC outlines federal programs that can improve career outcomes for youth with mental health conditions; RRTC-EBP-VR piloting community of practice (CoP) on bridging the gap between research and practice in vocational rehabilitation; free online training module from the Department of Defense on providing computer/electronic accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing users; foldable Morph Wheels for manual wheelchairs, developed with NIDRR funding, wins Design of the Year award from the London Design Museum; Wireless RERC selects software developers for its App Factory; StatsRRTC releases its November Trends in Disability Employment report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; webcast: Using Client Centered Practice and Patient-Reported Outcomes, hosted by Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes. 

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NARIC's Pinterest page; new SCI exercise videos from RRTC on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with SCI; participants sought for pilot testing of online program for service providers to youth with mental health conditions; short animated video available describing a day in the life of a woman living with multiple chronic conditions (MCC); investigator of NIDRR-funded University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System receives award from UM Medical School; investigator of NIDRR-funded project discusses Dancing Dots tools developed for musicians with vision loss on weekly radio program Eyes on Success; webinar: Experience Preference Theory as a New Way to Understand and Respond to Diversity, hosted by NIDRR-funded ADA National Network and Great Lakes ADA Center; NIDRR-funded StatsRRTC to release the 2013 Compendium of Disability Statistics.

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Virginia Commonwealth University TBI Model System's TBI Today issue on relationship intimacy following TBI; participants sought for survey on the use of voice telecommunications technology among adults with hearing impairments; National Council on Disability releases annual progress report on federal disability policy; Pathways RTC receives 2012 Best Article Award from the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work; Webinar: Service Animals Under the FHA and the ADA, presented by Northwest ADA National Network Center; Southeast ADA National Network Center to air third episode of the free radio program ADA Live! Accessible Meetings and Events.

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Spread diabetes awareness during American Diabetes Month through the American Diabetes Association's Day in the Life of Diabetes Campaign -- nearly 100 related documents available from NARIC; new SCI Grand Rounds recording on cardiometabolic component hazards accompanying SCI; participants sought for Wireless RERC survey on the usefulness of Wireless Emergency Alerts; new report from Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council on sports-related concussions in youth; ADA Centers presented with awards from the Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability; special issue of Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education focusing on concepts behind positive psychology, articles of which are available on RRTC-EBP-VR website; completely foldable Morph Wheel developed by Maddak, Inc., RERC, and KT4TT wins Popular Science award; webinar: Promoting Positive Development Among Emerging Adults With Serious Mental Health Conditions.

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Research and resources for veterans with disabilities and their families from NIDRR-funded projects available from NARIC; Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition, a guide developed by Pathways RTC and Youth MOVE National; participants sought for a mini survey on urinary tract infections conducted at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital; applications accepted for the Minorities in Science and Engineering summer internship at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; Through the Looking Glass announces winners of its 2013 College Scholarships for Students of Parents with Disabilities; RRTC on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with SCI releases new report on prevention and management of secondary conditions in SCI; Webinar: Accessible PDFs Part 2: Tables, Forms, and More, hosted by ADA National Network and Great Lakes ADA Center, with Part 1 being available from the ADA Online Learning archive; three-day webcast series featuring the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Center hosted by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation.

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National Family Caregivers Month, collection of resources for family caregivers available from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services; TATE toolkit, a set of resources to teach the use of AT for cognition to people with brain injuries; proceedings published of Pathways RTC's 2013 State of the Science Conference: Improving Outcomes for Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions; Managing Someone Else's Money, four guides for financial caregivers, available from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau; results of survey study on pain, fatigue, and depression in persons with SCI published by RRTC on Aging with Physical Disabilities; Virginia Commonwealth Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center project director receives Innovations in Treatment Award from the North American Brain Injury Society; research from the RRTC on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities highlighted in recent issue of Bloomberg BNA Employment Discrimination Report; RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NRTC) to host State of the Science Conference in April 2014.

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US Department of Labor ODEP on workplace safety for people remaining employed past the age of 65, and documents from the NARIC collection on aging and workplace accommodations; Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center introduces newsletter, SCI on Rancho; participants sought for a program pairing blind college students with mentors in their career fields who are also blind; materials available from the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center); eBook on financing long-terms wervices for seniors and individuals with disabilities available from IOM Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence; ARRT Center on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation fellow named director at the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata, India; Report from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics shows a higher percentage of employed people with disabilities compared to last year; ADA National Network presents webinar on veterans and service animals.

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month; NARIC's collection of informational material on Down Syndrome; video exploring employment after SCI; participants sought for survey on exercise and SCI; Senate HELP Committee report, Transforming the American Work Force as the ADA Generation Comes of Age, released; director of NIDRR-funded NNJTBIS interviewed by local TV stations during consumer conference on TBI; work of NIDRR-funded VCU ASD Career Links highlighted in Wall Street Journal article on its program helping students with ASD find employment; presentation of NIDRR funded research on improving health care access for people with disabilities at the National Home & Community Based Services Conference.

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