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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!

Recent NARIC blog post features information from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help readers get #Fit4Function in observance of National Institute on Aging sponsored Go4Life Month; Reseach in Focus looks at the benefits of a new memory training intervention following TBI; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health publishes Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities; research paper from Texas TBI Model System of TIRR and RRTC on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participations for Individuals with TBI receives Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence from the journal Rehabilitation Psychology; NIDILRR researchers Marcel Dijkers, MD, and Mel Glenn, MD receive William Fields Caveness Award for their work on TBI; KTDRR hosts online KT conference: Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice; MSKTC hosts webinar: Consumer Testing of Products; National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health celebrates Go4Life Month, focusing on benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults.

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NARIC offers resources from he NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help Make a Plan in case of disaster during National Preparedness Month; Research in Focus shows how telemedicine can help care teams focus on recovery after burn injury; the AbleData project and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) release new guide, Job Accommodations and Assistive Technology (AT) Support for Workers with Autoimmune Diseases; Wireless RERC principal investigator was interviewed in Blind man Uber-ing: One man's quest to get visually impaired a tech job in the Denver Post; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report a fifth consecutive month of employment growth for people with disabilities in nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from Bureau of Labor Statistics; RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health hosts webinar, Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Adults with IDD and Their Family Caregivers; TIKTOC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center seeks young people with SCI/D to test SCI-HARD, mobile game designed to help individuals with SCI/D improve self-management skills; National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) publishes report, 2015-16 High School Assessment Accommodations Policies: An Analysis of ACT, SAT, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced.

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NARIC has created a virtual bookshelf of material on spinal cord injuries in observance of National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month; Research in Focus looks at technology developers gathering feedback from users with communication disorders; National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) publishes 2016 edition of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Facts and Figures at a Glance; HealthMatters program developed by RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health to be implemented at over 400 Project SEARCH/United Healthcare sites across the US; Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) study receives recognition at the 2016 American Burn Association (ABA) Conference; Pacific ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, FEMA Promising Practices: Fire Preparedness and Post-Disaster Accessibility Issues in the Home; Southeast ADA Regional Center hosts webcast, ADA Live! Voting Access: What People with Disabilities Need to Know; The Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative of the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy host policy forum: Helping Workers Keep Their Jobs After an Injury, Illness, or Disability.

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NARIC has gathered resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help students with disabilities get "back to school;" Research in Focus on how transportation use may impact community participation for people with disabilities; RERC on Universal Design in the Built Environment debuts isUD: Innovative Solutions for Universal Design; Switzer Fellow Dr. Dobryakova quoted in article on fatigue research on website BBC Future; Knowledge utilization and ADA technical assistance information, article from Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, wins 2016 Editors' Choice Award by the editors of the Journal of Rehabilitation; MSKTC seeks participants for testing new factsheet, Healthy Eating After Burn Injury -- For Kids; KTER presents webinar, A Tailored Offer of Technical Assistance as a Knowledge Translation (KT) Strategy; National Association for Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) launches National Aging and Disability Business Center, funded in part by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

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Cool technology in NIDILRR-funded projects featured in NARIC blog post; Research in Focus highlights assistive glove that helps regaining hand function after stroke; MSKTC releases new hot topic module, Managing Bowel Function After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); principal investigator of Access to Electronic and Personal Health Records interviewed in episode of Health Literacy Out Loud podcast; director of RTC: Rural to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Montana; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Introduction to Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility: What It Is, and How It Can Benefit 508 Programs at the Federal Level; Social Security Administration hosts next National Ticket to Work Virtual Job Fair.

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NARIC offers resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere for individuals who are new to a disability; Research in Focus looks at the impact of MS symptoms on everyday function; Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) posts new video, Getting to Normal: Conversations about Adjustment After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); co-investigator from TIKTOC RERC appears on local talk show Ann Arbor Inclusive; three recent presentations from researchers at the Kessler Foundation added to the TEDx Herndon collection: novel prism goggle therapy for spatial neglect following stroke and TBI from the project Impact of Prism Adaptation Therapy for Spatial Neglect on Home and Community Outcomes, modified story memory technique for people with TBI and MS from Northern New Jersey TBI System Center, and rehabilitation robotics for aiding recovery of walking function after stroke from RERC on Wearable Robots for Independent Living; Pacific ADA Center hosts webinar, Disaster Behavioral Health and People with Access and Functional Needs: Resources from SAMHSA; Federal Communications Commission Connect2Health Task Force releases tool, Mapping Broadband Health in America.

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Resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere available from NARIC in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); Research in Focus looks at the state of accessible housing in the US; RRTC on Family Support publishes report, Recommendations to Improve Data Collection to Monitor, Track, and Evaluate State Approaches to Family Support Services; Project SEARCH investigator interviewed for article, Work in progress: An inside look at autism's job boom, in online magazine Spectrum; Living Well with a Disability, developed by RRTC on Disability in Rural Communities, and HealthMatters, a program of the RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health, highlighted in Healthy People 220 webinar; Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Making Accommodation Decisions on the College Campus Under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, funded by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, publishes Personal Competencies for College and Career Success: What Colleges Can Do.

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Information from ADA National Network and over 600 publications in NARIC collection available in observance of the 26th anniversary of the signing of the ADA; Research in Focus looks at irritability following TBI; RTC: Rural posts video and slide presentation from State of the Science on Housing Accessibility and Community Engagement; New England ADA Regional Center hosts event, Hope, Healing and the ADA: New Perceptions on Mental Health; director of Southeast ADA Regional Center quoted in Walker Pilot-Independent re: anniversary of the signing of the ADA; TU Collaborative presents webinar, So You Wanna Host an Activity Fair?; LiveWell RERC calls for App Factory proposals for assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms; ODEP's LEAD Center releases Funding for Assistive Technology: Transitioning from Secondary School to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Work, the latest in the LEADing to Employment Information Brief series.

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NARIC sharing resources from the NIDILRR community at the National Association of States United for Aging  and Disability (NASUAD) Information & Referral Center Webinar; Research in Focus looks at how spirituality is linked to quality of life in people with SCI; MSKTC releases new factsheet: Memory and Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); two new disability etiquette courses from Rocky Mountain ADA Regional Center spotlighted on Fox 21 News; TBI Model System National Data and Statistical Center enrolls its 15,000th participant in the TBIMS National Database, the largest longitudinar database on TBI in the world; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts webinar, Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Pets, and the Law; Viscardi Center accepting nominations for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, recognizing leaders who have helped improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community living.

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NARIC reSearch issue features research on disability, voting, and enfrancisement from the NIDILRR community in observance of National Disability Voter Registration Week; Research in Focus article discusses work experience vs. academic credentials for youth with disabilities seeking employment; TU Collaborative publishes Organizing a Physical Activity Fair: Handbook and Forms; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC report continuing employment gains for people with disabilities in June nTIDE; PI of TIKTOC Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center co-edits two issues of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation; Great Lakes ADA Regional Center hosts radio conference, ADA Anniversary Update: Celebrating 26 years; National Academies Press publishes Ensuring Quality and Accesssible Care for Children with Disabilities and Complex Health and Educational Needs.

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