News and Notes 25 July 18

This issue includes ADA Anniversary Toolkit for use by the public and media, survey on accessible designs for personal health records, Disability Awareness through Language Arts and Literacy, comparative effectiveness research conference webcasts, US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association recognizes NIDRR researcher, new Powered Wheelchair Mobility Forum, and open registration for online IDeA courses. 

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NARIC news: 

Our Library Manager is attending the Special Libraries Association annual conference in Chicago this week. Special libraries usually focus on a particular topic or audience. They can be small, like us, or contain millions of volumes and hundreds of staff like the National Library of Medicine.If you have a special information need, there's a library for that!

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Anniversary Toolkit
July 26th is the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the ADA. The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) and its State Leadership Network have released an ADA Anniversary Toolkit for use by the public and media. The kit features the latest news, resources, research findings, and statistics on the ADA and other accessibility legislation. Organizations can use the tips on writing news releases, proclamations, and other acknowledgements to celebrate this important day. The kit and website at also feature videos and postcards to share with the community. 

News items: 

US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Recognizes NIDRR Researcher
Crystal Glover, PhD, of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occuring Disorders (H133B100028) recently received the Carol T. Mowbray Early Research Award from the USPRA, in recognition of her work addressing the impact of stigma and other cultural devaluations on people in recovery who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Dr. Glover's current research focuses on diabetes management for people with psychiatric disorders. 

New Powered Wheelchair Mobility Forum Available
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (H133N110009) continues its highly regarded series of SCI Forum videos with Powered Wheeled Mobility. Harborview Physical Therapist Dave Colescott takes viewers through practical tips and guidelines for learning powered wheelchair skills including positioning and safely maneuvering in a variety of environments. Feedback on these videos is welcome.

Grantee event: 

Comparative Effectiveness Research Conference Webcasts Available
Select sessions from the June 22nd conference on "New Frontiers in Disability-Related Comparative Effectiveness Research" are now available for online viewing (registration is required but free). The conference was presented by the Boston University Rehabilitation Outcomes Center (H133P120001), the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets, and Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology. The conference panel included NIDRR researchers Alan Jette, Kenneth Ottenbacher, and John Whyte, MD, as well as former grantees Wendy Coster, Gerben DeJong, and Nancy Latham.  

Registration Open for Online IDeA Courses
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design in the Built Environment (H133E100002) offers two continuing education courses beginning July 30th: Human Factors I: Design for Anthropometric and Biomechanical Fit and Inclusive Housing. These and other courses are presented by the Center on Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. There are registration and material fees for each course. American Institute of Architects continuing education credits are available.


Healthcare Information SurveyThe NIDRR-funded project on Accessible Designs for Personal Health Records (H133G110095) has a survey asking what healthcare tasks and information are most important to consumers with disabilities. The brief survey is completely confidential and does not collect any personal information.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Disability Awareness Through Language Arts and Literacy
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council has published Disability Awareness Through Language Arts and Literacy, a new resource for parents and educators. The 142-page guide feaures activities, lesson plans, literature guides, and more to teach kindergarten and pre-K children about disability and inclusiveness. The guide is available to download (PDF) and share free of charge.