News and Notes 126 August 6

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW): research and resources on service animals available from NARIC; VCU-TBI Model System's Summer 2014 issue of the TBI Today Newsletter; MSKTC seeks parents of children with burn injury to review two factsheets; SSA's National Disability Coalition opens online discussion on the disability decision process; Wireless RERC staff win Glass Accessibility Award from Google; EPM-RRTC compiled and co-edited IZA Journal of Labor Policy special issue on disability benefits; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC release nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; Webinar: Rasch Measurement in Medical Rehabilitation, sponsored by TBI Model Systems.

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NARIC news: 

It's International Assistance Dog Week (IADW)! IADW recognizes all of the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. NIDRR Research Fellow Margaret Glenn, EdD, visited the Working Like Dogs podcast last year to share her research on service dogs in the workplace. We have more research and resources on service animals by members of the NIDRR community, as well as other sources, all available from our collection.

Resource Highlight: 

TBI Today Summer Issue
The NIDRR-funded Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (H133A120031) released the Summer 2014 issue of the TBI Today Newsletter (PDF). This issue features the results of a survey of caregivers for survivors of TBI regarding the support resources these caregivers turn to and which they found most helpful. Previous issues of TBI Today are archived on the website.

News items: 

Wireless RERC Staff Win Google Glass Accessibility Award
John Morris, PhD, and Jim Mueller, co-project directors of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110002), have won a Glass Accessibility Award from Google to develop an app for people with memory deficits following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The award includes loan of Google Glass devices and mentorship from a Glass specialist. The proposed app will allow Glass to serve as an external memory aid for users with TBI by displaying information specific to the location and environment of the Glass wearer.

Journal of Labor Policy Special Issue Focuses on Disability Benefits
Researchers from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) (H133B100030) compiled and co-edited Social Security Disability Benefits: Finding Alternatives to Benefit Receipt, a special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy. The nine articles in the special issue explore the evolution of disability policy in the US, the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment support to curb this growth. All of the articles are available free of charge.

nTIDE Report for July Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B120005) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) (H133B130015) released the July National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This report compares labor force participation rates for employment-aged people with disabilities to those without disabilities and highlights programs to improve employment outcomes. Previous nTIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Rasch Measurement in Medical Rehabilitation
The Analytic Special Interest Group of the NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems will sponsor a webinar, Rasch Measurement in Medical Rehabilitation, August 21st, 11:30am ET. Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) and co-director of the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System Center (H133N110014), will provide a background to measurement issues, describe the basic aspects of the Rasch model, and discuss Rasch examples in medical rehabilitation. No registration is required. Visit the webinar page at the scheduled time or call 888/850-4524 with access code 901435. Following the webinar, an archived recording will be available through the TBI National Data and Statistical Center.


Burn Injury Factsheet Review
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) seeks parents of children with burn injury to test two factsheets: Going Back to School After a Major Burn Injury and Help Your Child Recover -- Build Your Child's Resilience After a Burn Injury. Participants will be interviewed for their input in these areas and will be compensated $25. For more information or to schedule an interview, call 202/403-5600 or email

Elsewhere in the Community: 

National Disability Coalition
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has established a National Disability Coalition, an open coalition that gives all interested stakeholders an opportunity to share their unique insights on topics of particular interest to SSA early in the process and directly with policy makers. Ahead of the first meeting, the Coalition has opened an online discussion on the disability decision process. Interested parties may register for the online forum to submit comments and ideas that will assist SSA to develop responsive and effective policies that will empower people with disabilities, minimize their financial hardship, and ensure proper use of Disability Trust funds. Online discussion closes August 15th.