News and Notes 107 March 26

Publications available from NARIC in observation of National Nutrition Month; NIDRR-funded Wireless RERC releases SUNspot, a newsletter sharing findings from data collection for the Survey of User Needs (SUN) on usability of wireless technology for people with disabilities; principal investigator of NIDRR-funded TEAMM-RERC in recent TED Radio Hour on NPR, titled "Can a prosthetic limb feel?"; National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative assists consumers with disabilities in enrolling for coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces; NIDRR seeks reviewers for its Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative, partially funded by NIDRR, publishes Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0; principal investigator for several NIDRR SBIR and field-initiated projects receives PitchJam Award for the video modeling self-management app ScanDo; two conferences hosted by NIDRR-funded projects: Arthritis State of the Science Meeting hosted by RRTC-ENACT, and Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap.

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NARIC news: 

March is National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many people with disabilities struggle with incorporating healthy food choices in their lives. Several current and completed NIDRR projects have focused on this issue and developed guides, curricula, and other resources to help. Check out Eating Healthy (MP3) from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions (H133B100028). You might also be interested in these publications on wellness, diet, meal planning, and other nutrition topics from the NIDRR community and other sources available from our collection. 

Resource Highlight: 

SUNspot - AAC Device Users and Mainstream Wireless Devices
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) recently released SUNspot - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device Users and Mainstream Wireless Devices (PDF). SUNspot is a newsletter created to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for the RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN) on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities. This issue focuses on the use of smartphones and tablets by people with complex communication needs, especially users of AAC devices. 

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition
NIDRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and development) for multiple dates in April, May, and June. NIDRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. All expertise is welcome. Expertise in the following areas is particularly needed: randomized control trials, rehabilitation interventions, fatigue, prosthetics, and statistics. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin. Additional information for this competition is available in the application package

News items: 

Prosthetics in Focus on TED Radio Hour
Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Manipulation and Mobility Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (TEAMM-RERC) (H133E130020), was interviewed in Can a prosthetic limb feel? for a recent TED Radio Hour on NPR. In the interview, Dr. Kuiken discussed research he presented in Behind Bionics at TEDGlobal in July 2011. This research was conducted under two completed NIDRR-funded field-initiated grants

W3C Publishes WAI-ARIA 1.0
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) (H133A00050), partially funded by NIDRR, has published Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0. WAI-ARIA defines ways that developers of browsers, media players, mobile devices, and assistive technology, as well as content developers, can achieve greater cross-platform accessibility and make advanced web applications usable by people with disabilities. Complete WAI-ARIA specifications are available along with a companion publication, WAI-ARIA User Agent Implementation Guide

ScanDo Wins PitchJam Award for App Development
Tom Keating, PhD, principal investigator for several NIDRR SBIR and field-initiated projects, accepted the 2014 PitchJam award from Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism (DELSIA) for the ScanDo app, a video modeling self-management app created by Dr. KeatingCognitopia Software using technology developed under Dr. Keating's grants (H133S130031, H133S110051). The PitchJam award from DELSIA, a nonprofit venture philanthropy affiliate of Autism Speaks, recognizes and invests in important development activities in technology supporting people with autism. The app allows visually oriented individuals with cognitive challenges to scan a product's bar or QR code and receive simple video or text instructions to use the product or other information and prompting to engage in a wide range of activities. Watch an interview with Dr. Keating and view the entire PitchJam on YouTube. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative
The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative, a project of the American Association on Health and Disability, provides cross-disability information and support to navigators and other enrollment specialists assisting consumers with disabilities in enrolling for coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces. Resources include a Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators, a series of fact sheets, and a blog highlighting issues of health and disability.