News and Notes 42 November 14

This issue includes Identifying Transition-Age Youth Using Existing Surveys, Survey on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities, 2012 National Employment Conference, Alan M. Jette presents Stephen M. Haley lecture, availability of Prosthetics & Orthotics lectures, monograph exploring the role of peer specialists, and a webcast on staying well after SCI.

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November 16th is National Information & Referral Day! Information and Referral (I&R) services help people find the assistance they need quickly, conveniently, and free of charge. People in search of critical services such as financial assistance, food, shelter, child care, jobs, or mental health support often are unsure where to begin to get help, or they get overwhelmed trying to find what they need. With the help of I&R professionals and services like 211, the information is available at their fingertips with one simple phone call, text message, or website. NARIC is taking part in I&R Day by highlighting our information products, participating in discussion boards, tweeting (#I&RDay) and (of course) answering your requests in English and Spanish!

Resource Highlight: 

Identifying Transition-Age Youth Using Existing Surveys
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (H133B120006) released Identifying Transition-Age Youth Using Existing Surveys (PDF). Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health as a framework, this paper identifies definitions of disability for transition-age youth that can be used to compare and contrast statistics on the characteristics and outcomes of this population across different surveys. 

News items: 

Alan M. Jette to Present Stephen M. Haley Lecture
Alan M. Jette, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (H133N110019), will present the inaugural Stephen M. Haley Memorial Lecture at the Howard H. Steel Conference for Pediatric Spinal Cord Injuries & Dysfunction on November 30, 2012. The Haley Memorial Lecture is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation research. Dr. Jette's lecture will focus on Advances in Functional Outcome Assessment.

Prosthetics & Orthotics Lectures Now Available
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) welcomed Stefania Fatone, PhD, from Northwestern University as its Invited Lecturer in early October. Dr. Fatone gave two lectures to multi-disciplinary audiences sharing her expertise on measuring outcomes in the field of orthotics and prosthetics: Outcome Measurement for Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical Practice and Efforts to Improve Outcome Measurement in Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical Practice (PDFs). Additional lectures can be viewed on project’s website under project T5.

New Monograph Explores the Role of Peer Specialists
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133B100037) announced the publication of Helping People Connect to the Religious Congregations and Spiritual Groups of Their Choice: The Role of Peer Specialists (PDF), a new monograph exploring the roles of peer specialists in helping the people they serve to connect to the mainstream religion congregations and spiritual groups of their choice. This monograph is part of a series of documents that explores the roles that peer specialists play in promoting community inclusion of service recipients in a variety of life domains. 

Grantee event: 

Save the Date: Staying Well After SCI: What You Can Do and How We Can Help
The NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (H133N110019) and Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System will jointly present Staying Well After SCI: What You Can Do and How We Can Help, part of the Knowledge in Motion Webcast series, on November 29th, beginning at 6:30 PM EST. This webcast will discuss the community-based Patient Centered Medical Home Model of providing primary care to people living with SCI, and efforts to expand models to coordinate care statewide and nationwide. Information to help consumers take charge of their health, work with their primary care providers, and advocate for what they need in a primary care setting will also be presented. Register online or call 866/607-1804 (toll-free).


Survey of Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (H133E110002) just launched a new Survey on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities. The survey focuses on both components of emergency communications: contacting 911 emergency services for personal emergencies and receiving public alerts for community-wide emergencies and disasters. The survey also includes a section on social media. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participants have a chance to win one of two $100 gift certificates. The survey will run through the end of December 2012.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

2012 National Employment Conference December 5th to 7th
Do researchers and practitioners agree about what leads to high-quality employment for individuals with disabilities? The 2012 National Employment Conference: The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent, has five themes, one being Bridging Research and Practice. Both researchers and practitioners are encouraged to have an active dialogue to better understand what works in developing high-quality employment opportunities and meaningful careers for individuals with disabilities. The conference agenda is available online (DOC). Registration has been extended through November 21, 2012.