News and Notes 64 May 1

World Possibilities Expo; Smartphone apps for people with arthritis; clinical trial for adults with SCI in Denver, CO; accessibility challenges for voters with disabilities; NNJSCIS hosts Grand Rounds on the state of SCI; SCIRehab featured in special issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; user-centered exercise game aids in fitness and fall prevention for seniors; 2013 Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes for the Clinician.

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Happy May Day! Flowers are blooming, trees are leafing, and goslings and ducklings are waddling around our office park. We're getting our display ready for the World of Possibilities Expo, May 17th and 18th in Timonium, MD (free tickets are available). Organizations, agencies, and companies from across the Mid-Atlantic will be on hand to provide resources, information, clinics, and demonstrations. We're looking forward to meeting you there! 

Resource Highlight: 

Embracing Technology: Smartphone Apps for People with Arthritis
The NIDRR-funded Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (H133B100003) presents Embracing Technology: Smartphone Apps for People with Arthritis, the latest podcast episode in its Active Living with Arthritis podcast series. This episode discusses advances in smartphone and tablet technology, and highlights online and on-the-go tools for addressing arthritis barriers. 

News items: 

SCIRehab Featured in Special Issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The recently-completed NIDRR-funded project Collaborative Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Centers Program: Improving Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Outcomes (SCIRehab) (H133A060103) is the focus of Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: Results from the SCIRehab Study, the April Supplement of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Thirteen articles provide an introduction and overview of the SCIRehab Study and address issues including: comorbidities; rehospitalization; missed therapy, group therapy, and factors complicating therapy; obesity; age; pain; post-discharge services; and patterns of improvement in activities of daily living. Subscription is required for full text of these articles, but abstracts are available free of charge. 

User-Centered Exercise Game Aids in Fitness and Fall Prevention for Seniors
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability (H133E080024)announced the publication of User centered design and development of a game for exercise in older adults (abstract) in the latest issue of the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society. This paper describes the process for developing and testing virtual reality games for balance training for older adults and presents a technological approach for fitness and fall prevention programs. 

Grantee event: 

NNJSCIS Hosts Grand Rounds on the State of Spinal Cord Injury
The NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) (H133N110020)  hosted The State of Spinal Cord injury: Latest News on Clinical Trials of Interventions to Promote Neurological Recovery, a Special Grand Rounds on April 17th. More than 200 SCI researchers, professionals, and consumers attended the event, where presenters discussed a range of US-based and international research from stem cell studies to activity-based therapy. The Grand Rounds were presented in collaboration with the Spinal Cord Injury Project of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Follow SCIResearch at Kessler on Facebook for the next Grand Rounds announcement. 

Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes for the Clinician
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) will host the 2013 Summer Institute on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes for the Clinician, July 29th and 30th, at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The Institute will provide an in-depth look at integrating measurement into clinical practice. This course is for rehabilitation clinicians, educators, and fieldwork coordinators in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation who desire to foster the development of skills in measuring rehabilitation outcomes. Registration is open through July 19th.


Clinical Trial for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury in Denver
The NIDRR-funded Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System Center (RMRSIS) (H133N110006) project Re-Inventing Yourself After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A Randomized Clinical Trial is recruiting adults with SCI in the Denver area. The study will investigate the effects of classes that teach strategies people with SCI have used to move forward after injury. Call 800/573-4228 for eligibility information. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Voters with Disabilities: Challenges to Voting Accessibility
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Voters with Disabilities: Challenges to Voting Accessibility, a 21-page report on the state of accessible voting in the US. The GAO reports that, between 2000 and 2008, the number of polling places without impediments increased to 27 percent and almost all polling places surveyed had an accessible voting system. In GAO's 2008 state survey, 43 states reported that they set accessibility standards for voting places, however 31 states reported that ensuring polling accessibility was a challenge. Localities GAO surveyed in 2008 reported providing voting services directly to long-term care facility residents who may face challenges voting in a polling place. The full report and highlights are available to download (PDF).