News and Notes 58 March 20

NARIC librarians available for online chat through AskMe; couples' relationship after TBI; PAS center seeks stories from disaster survivors; DESA/UNICEF/UNPRPD World We Want 2015 online discussion; the right to Web equality for people with cognitive disabilities; findings and recommendations for AT access presented to the Navajo Nation Council; Tony Gentry named OT Career Visionary; cloud computing and people with disabilities.

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Did you know you can chat online with a NARIC librarian? During business hours, our librarians are available through our AskMe chat service to help you search our databases, as well as the vast array of resources available online. We love it, because we can take our visitors directly to the websites and databases they need to answer their questions. We're not alone: Libraries across the country offer chat reference services to their patrons (even the Library of Congress)! These services allow you to connect with a knowledgeable information professional in a fast, user-friendly format. The next time you visit your favorite library online, look for their Ask a Librarian service! 

Resource Highlight: 

Couples' Relationships After TBI
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) released Couples' Relationships After Traumatic Brain Injury (PDF), a new factsheet describing some of the changes that occur in couples’ relationships because of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It provides tips that can help to improve communication and intimate relationships, and also points out aspects to be taken into consideration when forming new or nontraditional relationships while living with a TBI. 

NIDILRR News and Events: 

The Right to Web Equality for People with Cognitive Disabilities
NIDRR hosts Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, for a presentation, The Right to Web Equality for People with Cognitive Disabilities, on April 4th, 3:30-5pm EDT at Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC - Room 4090. Dr. Blanck will discuss the right to full access to the web and its resources for people with cognitive and print-related disabilities, and whether they have the opportunity for equivalent and comparable use of web content. Registration is free for in-person or teleconference but space is limited for both. Email for reservations. 

Webcast: Cloud Computing and People with Disabilities
NIDRR consultant Clayton Lewis, PhD, Professor of Computer Science, Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and Scientist in Residence at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado, will present Cloud Computing and People with Disabilities, March 26th, 12:30-1:30pm EDT, at the National Science Foundation, Stafford I-1235. Dr. Lewis will explore efforts in the US and abroad to realize the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII), using the cloud to make it easier for people to access online content and services in a way that meets their individual needs and preferences. Advanced registration/RSVP is required to attend in person. The presentation will also be available via WebEx stream and phone with no pre-registration required. 

News items: 

Findings and Recommendations for AT Access Presented to the Navajo Nation Council
Kim D. Reisinger, PhD, director of NIDRR-funded Technology Access in Resource Limited Environments (H133A090020) project, is featured in Navajo Nation looks to help the disabled with better mobility and access in The Navajo Post. The article discusses her NIDRR-funded research on the awareness of, access to, and acquisition of low-cost, high-quality assistive technology (AT) devices on the Navajo Nation. It also discusses how, based on project findings, the Navajo Nation Council plans to increase disability awareness within the Navajo community and improve physical accessibility and access to programs and technology for members of the Navajo Nation with disabilities.  

Tony Gentry Named OT Career Visionary
Tony Gentry, PhD, OTR/L, a member of the NIDRR-funded VCU-ASD Career Links project (H133A080027), was named a Career Visionary (scroll down to the 4th entry) by TodayinOT magazine. The cover story highlights five occupational therapists (OTs) who have employed their own unique strengths to showcase the value of occupational therapy within the healthcare continuum. The cover story highlights Dr. Gentry's research in the use of Apple's iPod Touch as a vocational aid for people with autism spectrum disorders (PDF). 


PAS Center Seeks Stories from Disaster Survivors
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in the 21st Century (H133B080002) seeks stories from individuals with disabilities who use PAS and have experienced emergencies or disasters. Participants must use one or more personal assistants (paid or volunteer) and have experienced a large scale emergency in the last 5 years such as, but not limited to, a storm, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, fire, flood, heat or cold wave, power outage, or chemical spill. Participants must be willing to share their stories on the Center's website in the interest of helping others understand and learn from their emergency experience. To participate, complete the survey to share your story, and become eligible to win one of five $50 gift cards. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

World We Want
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UNICEF in collaboration with the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) invite people with disabilities to add their voice to World We Want 2015 in an online discussion forum to develop an inclusive agenda for the September 2013 UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development. Participants share their perspectives on challenges and solutions to including people with disabilities in international development, as well as the roles of government, private, educational, and citizen organizations. Discussions are available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese. The forums will remain open through March 28th.