News and Notes 24 July 11

This issue includes an announcement on Center News by Center on Translation to Employment for Youth with Disabilities, a survey on technology use, The Sendero Group announces release of the 16thversion of its laptop GPS for BrailleNote and Sense products, HUD issues guidance on Olmstead Compliance, NARRTC recognizes knowledge translation research, Renee Murphy interviews Karen Frost PhD on research in wheelchair transportation safety, Rehab Outcome Measures lectures now available, and Mid-Atlantic update conference’s early registration ends.

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Were you affected by last week's "derecho" storms that blew across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic? Some people in our area are still without power more than a week later! This, combined with record high temperatures, can mean dangerous conditions for people with disabilities. has excellent advice for preparing for disaster and we also recommend the June 25th webinar on training shelter volunteers on personal assistance services from the PAS Center (top of the archive list).On a related note: The Access Board is seeking comments on proposed regulations for accessible emergency transportable housing.

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Center News
The NIDRR-funded Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities (H133A100007) announces its inaugural Center News. The Center’s research activities will be highlighted through regular updates in its e-newsletter. Each e-newsletter will feature information about one of the six studies underway as well as other information related to the Center's activity and purpose. Subscribe today!

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Sendero Releases GPS 2012
The Sendero Group announced release of the 16th version of its laptop GPS for BrailleNote and Sense products, as well as its Mobile Geo platform. Through its NIDRR-funded research (H133G100135), Sendero has refined and developed Sendero GPS and maps products so that they provide a wide range of features available on multiple platforms. This accessible wayfinding technology levels the playing field for people with visual impairments to get around independently. Learn more about Sendero's research at

NARRTC Recognizes Knowledge Translation ResearchAt its annual conference in Alexandria, VA, the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers presented three awards recognizing NIDRR grantee Knowledge Translation Activities that have contributed to the development of knowledge translation research and practice for the benefit of the disability community (H133A080050).The awards went to:



Interview Highlights Research in Wheelchair Transportation Safety
NIDRR Switzer Fellow Zdravko Salipur and Field Initiated researcher Karen Frost, PhD (bios), joined Renee Murphy on Louisville's WHAS11 to discuss their research on wheelchair transportation safety. Both researchers are affiliated with the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety (H133E010302). 

New Rehab Outcomes Measures Lectures Now AvailableThe NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) has updated its listing of archived lectures and training materials available at no cost to those interested in learning more about various topics in outcomes measurement. Current topics include:

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Mid-Atlantic Annual ADA Update Conference's Early Registration Ends 7/26
Join the NIDRR-Funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for their 19th annual update conference September 13 & 14 (H133A110017). The conference features representatives from several Federal agencies; 20 breakout sessions on accessibility and design, employment, and Title II coordination; and continuing education credits for participants. Register before 7/26 to save $50

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HUD Issues Guidance on Olmstead Compliance
The Dept of Housing and Urban Development released new guidance for public housing agencies that provide assistance to people with disabilities in accessing community-based options, rather than institutional settings. The 5-page guide suggests solutions to meet the housing needs of persons with disabilities transitioning from institutions or at serious risk of institutionalization, such as establishing local admission preference, dedicating housing vouchers for non-elderly clients, expanding outreach, developing accessible housing lists, and leveraging other funding options. The full guide is available to download from HUD (PDF).