News and Notes 117 June 4th

NARIC publications on communication in emergency situations; Employment & Disability State of the Science Conference presentations available; Wireless RERC App Factory invites proposals for mobile platform apps; National Council on Disability (NCD) report on effective emergency communications for people with disabilities; investigator of Multiple Sclerosis RRTC receives DeLisa Award; project directors at Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of TIRR and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to the Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities receive APA awards;  KTDRR launches webinar series on systematic reviews; Great Lakes ADA Center hosts webcast on Accessible Assembly Areas.

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June 1st marked the start of hurricane season and, while the forecast for 2014 may be "normal or below normal" for the number of predicted storms, communities are encouraging residents with and without disabilities to be prepared for weather-related emergencies. Communication is crucial during any emergency. A recent report from the National Council on Disability (see Elsewhere below) found that to be truly effective, people with disabilities must be an integral part of emergency communication activities. Our collection includes many publications on communication in emergency situations from the NIDRR community and other sources.

Resource Highlight: 

Employment & Disability State of the Science Conference Presentations
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (H133B100030) has made presentations available from the 2014 State-of-the-Science Conference: Advancing Evidence-Based Practices and Policies to Close the Employment Gap. The conference showcased research from three NIDRR-funded RRTCs: the EPM-RRTC, the RRTC on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP-VR) (H133B100034), and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B120005). Presentations covered research that enhances the scientific evidence to reduce the employment gap between people with and without disabilities.

News items: 

George H. Kraft Receives DeLisa Award
George H. Kraft, MD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (H133B080025), received the Kessler Foundation's 4th Annual Joel A. DeLisa Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The annual award recognizes leading physicians or researchers who mentor and inspire young professionals and conduct research that can be quickly translated into improved patient care and treatment.

Sherer and Bruyère Receive APA Awards
Mark Sherer, PhD, project director of the NIDRR-funded Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of TIRR (H133A120020), and Susanne Bruyère, PhD, project director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to the Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (H133B100017), received awards at the 2014 meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr. Sherer received the Leonard Diller Award, recognizing an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the area of brain injury and/or neuropsychology. Dr. Bruyère received the Wright-Dembo Award, presented to acknowledge an individual's work and its contributions to the field of rehabilitation psychology.

KTDRR Webinar Series on Systematic Reviews Begins TODAY
The Community of Practice on Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation of the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) is sponsoring a series of webinars, Systematic Reviews: From Evidence to Recommendation, June 4th and 18th, and July 2nd and 16th, 3-4:30 ET. Marcel Dijkers, PhD, will discuss what is considered evidence and why, and how evidence is qualified, synthesized, and turned into recommendations for clinicians and other practitioners. Registration is free but required.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Accessible Assembly Areas
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA Center (H133A110029) will host a webcast, Accessible Assembly Areas, June 5th, 2:30-4 pm ET. Presenters from the Access Board and Disability Rights Section of the US Department of Justice will discuss assembly area standards affecting wheelchair spaces, companion seats, and designated aisle seats in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard. No registration is required.


App Factory Call for Proposals
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002) invites experienced developers based in the US to submit proposals for the App Factory to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone). Apps developed in previous years through this program have included AccessNote by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB); BrailleTouch by BrailleTech, LLC; and Sprint ID Accessibility Packs, Currency Identifier, and IDEAL Group Reader by Apps4Android. Proposals are due by June 30th (PDF).

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Effective Communications for People with Disabilities - Before, During, and After Emergencies
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a report, Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies. The report examines the current state of affairs concerning the accessibility of emergency-related communications and reviews the enforcement of disability laws and regulations as they pertain to effective communications before, during, and after emergencies. Based on the report findings, the NCD has put forth a series of recommendations for policy makers, federal partners, and emergency managers.