News and Notes 109 April 9
April is Autism Awareness Month; NARIC staff to bring several publications on autism from the NIDRR grantee community to the World of Possibilities Expo on Saturday, April 12th in Rockville, MD; NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) has published Buddhism and Responses to Disability, Mental Disorders, and Deafness in Asia, a Bibliography; NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project (ARRT) seeking candidates for a new post-doctoral fellowship program in disability policy research; registration open for 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities, held December 1st-3rd; NIDRR seeks expert peer reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) competition; articles from three NIDRR-funded projects appearing in the April issue of Disability and Health Journal; NIDRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders has published review of transition services for youth with autism online in Research on Social Work Practice; fellow with NIDRR-funded ARRT in Pediatric to Adult Transition project awarded Bors Award for Scientific Development; NIDRR-funded Great Lakes and Pacific ADA Centers to host May 22nd webinar: Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Auditing Web Resources for Accessibility.
April is Autism Awareness Month sponsored by Autism Speaks. Schools, businesses, and organizations across the US will "light it up blue" to promote advocacy, research, and support for families experiencing autism. Current NIDRR grantees are focusing on many issues relating to autism, including employment, communication skills, and technology to support independence. We will be bringing several publications on autism from the NIDRR grantee community to the World of Possibilities Expo this Saturday in Rockville, MD (free passes available).
Buddhism and Responses to Disability, Mental Disorders, and Deafness in Asia
The NIDRR-funded Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) (H133A100021) has published Buddhism and Responses to Disability, Mental Disorders, and Deafness in Asia, a Bibliography. The bibliography includes over 220 citations for written works reflecting the Buddhist understanding of and response to physical disabilities such as blindness, deafness, and mental disorders. This extensive bibliography identifies references to disability in Buddhism’s most ancient works as well as in modern literature. More bibliographies are available, including disability perspectives in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Middle East, and African countries, at the CIRRIE Annotated Bibliographies page.
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: health and disability policy, community living, health promotion activities, spinal cord injury, burn injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, arthritis, amputation, traumatic brain injury (TBI), TBI genetic markers, brain-computer interface, MRI imaging, obesity, neuropathic pain management, autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, emotional/psychiatric disabilities, prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology, cloud computing, communicative-language/vision/hearing, randomized control trials, rehabilitation interventions, fatigue, 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
NIDRR Research in Disability and Health
Articles from three NIDRR-funded projects appeared in the April issue of Disability and Health Journal. The Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities project (H133A080031/H133A100031) published Health outcome disparities among subgroups of people with disabilities: A scoping review. The recently-completed field-initiated project on Development of Measures of Participation and Environment for Children with Disabilities (H133G070140) published Validity of the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY) for Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in sustainable development projects. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with a Physical Disability: Reducing Secondary Conditions and Enhancing Health and Participation, Including Employment (H133B080024) published Social support, depression, and physical disability: Age and diagnostic group effects. Abstracts of these articles are available free of charge. Full text may be ordered through NARIC's document delivery service.
Autism in Focus in Research on Social Work Practice
The recently-completed NIDRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders project (H133A080007) recently published Transition services for youth with autism: A systematic review (abstract) online in Research on Social Work Practice. The article presents a systematic review of programs that help youth with autism spectrum disorders find competitive employment after graduating from high school. Full text of the review is available from the Campbell Library of Systematic Reviews.
ARRT Fellow Wins Bors Award
Miriam Hwang, MD, PhD, a fellow with the NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) in Pediatric to Adult Transition project (H133P100008), has been awarded the 2014 Ernest Bors, MD, Award for Scientific Development from the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. The Bors award acknowledges the best research article by a young investigator. Dr. Hwang received the award as lead author for the article Longitudinal changes in medical complications in adults with pediatric-onset spinal cord injury (full text) in the March issue of JSCM.
Webinar: Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Auditing Web Resources for Accessibility
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes (H133A110029) and Pacific ADA Centers (H133A110024) will host a webinar, Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Auditing Web Resources for Accessibility, May 22nd, 2-3:30pm EST. Jon Gunderson, PhD, from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, will demonstrate the open-source tools AInspector Sidebar and FAE 2.0. This webinar is part of the Accessible Technology Webinar series. Registration is free but required by May 21st.
UF Recruiting Post-Doctoral Fellows in Disability Policy ResearchThe NIDRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project (ARRT) at the University of Florida (UF) (H133P130009), in partnership with a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policy research center at UF, is seeking qualified candidates for a new post-doctoral fellowship program. Specifically, the UF ARRT will train a total of six postdoctoral fellows across the five-year grant to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary disability policy research in the area of community living and participation for Veterans with disabilities. Download required qualifications and application information (PDF) or contact Pamela Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Elsewhere in the Community: 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has opened registration and call for submissions for the 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Evolving Dimensions of US and Global Health Equity, December 1st-3rd, at National Harbor, MD. The Symposium offers opportunities for sharing research information in areas related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, cancer, women's health, mental health, infectious disease, stroke, and behavioral and community health with special emphasis on minority health and health disparities. Registration is open and there is a registration fee.