News and Notes 47 December 19

This issue includes Cross-Dataset Catalog of Disability and Compensation Variables, webinar on current state of disaster preparedness for individuals with IDD, ADA National Network partners with NETAC, Saralynn Allaire receives ACR/ARHP Lifetime Achievement Award, and Grant Writing 101: It’s Not Rocket Surgery webcast.

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NARIC news: 

As we head toward the close of 2012, we here at NARIC are reflecting on the amazing achievements of the NIDRR community. This year, News and Notes highlighted excellent events, videos, reports, and technology developed by NIDRR-funded projects across the US. This year also saw researchers receiving multiple awards and accolades for years of service to the disability and rehabilitation community. We are very excited to see what happens in 2013! Have you visited the new NARIC website? We would love to have your feedback!

Resource Highlight: 

Cross-Dataset Catalog of Disability and Compensation Variables
The NIDRR-funded Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (EP-RRTC) (H133B100017) presents the Cross-Dataset Catalog of Disability Compensation Variables, a new dataset research tool designed to provide an easy way to explore the hundreds of variables related to disability and health conditions, work, compensation (e.g. pay and benefits), and employer characteristics across 11 major datasets including the American Community Survey and the Census.

News items: 

ADA National Network Partners with NETACThe NIDRR-funded ADA National Network (H133A110014) has formed an alliance with the National Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (National Employer Technical Assistance Center/NETAC), a project of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the US Department of Labor. This initiative was established to enable the co-promotion of resources, events, and services with the goal of supporting the recruitment, hiring, and retention of workers with disabilities. The NETAC and ADA National Network will collaborate through conferences and speaking engagements; participate in stakeholder forums and meetings; and forge innovative solutions in the workplace for recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Saralynn Allaire Receives ACR/ARHP Lifetime Achievement Award
Saralynn Allaire, ScD, associate director of the NIDRR-funded Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (H133B100003) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP). The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a current or former ACR/ARHP member whose career demonstrates a sustained and lasting contribution to the field of rheumatology and rheumatology health professionals. Dr. Allaire previously received ACR/AHRP’s Addie Thomas Service Award for active volunteer involvement in local, regional, and national arthritis-related activities.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Grant Writing 101: It's Not Rocket Surgery
The NIDRR-funded Project Empowerment: Building Research Infrastructure Capacity (H133A080060) presents Grant Writing 101: It's Not Rocket Surgery January 16th at 2pm EST. Jessica Venable, Grant and Research Analyst in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss the basic components of competitive grant writing. Registration is free but required. This webcast will also be archived for future viewing

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Emergency Preparedness - What Does that Mean for People with I/DD, Their Families, and Their Communities? 
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities present a webinar on Emergency Preparedness - What Does that Mean for People with I/DD, Their Families, and Their Communities? January 22nd at 3pm EST. Presenters will discuss the current state of disaster preparedness for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); identify gaps in preparedness plans and address future research in this area particularly in linking community resources, supports, and services with individual, family, and agency disaster planning; and demonstrate how social connectedness and resources might be leveraged to provide such support. The webinar will also discuss how individuals with I/DD have become certified emergency preparedness trainers through the “Feeling Safe, Being Safe” training curriculum. Registration is free but required.