News and Notes 127 August 13

Remembering researchers David H. Dean and Dudley S. Childress; infographics on urban and rural housing from RTC/CL; Employer Practices RRTC publishes transcripts from its 2013 state of the science conference on improving employment for people with disabilities; consumer-oriented website maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services; recent issue of Keystone Edge features director of Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology; article by researchers at the RRTC at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital makes list of most read articles from Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation; director of NNJTBIS interviewed on Speaking of Health with Dr. B.; upcoming webinar on System Integration Strategies for Youth Mental Health Service Providers.

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Each week, News and Notes highlights the achievements of the NIDRR community and this week we remember two researchers whose influence will be felt for many years to come. David H. Dean, PhD, led and collaborated on several NIDRR-funded projects focusing on improving employment outcomes (H133G100169, H133A080007, H133A080027, H133B040011, H133B980036). His work continues to shape perspectives on evaluating the effectiveness of programs to increase employment. Dudley S. Childress, PhD, led the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics (H133E080009) for 20 years and dedicated more than four decades to research and development in rehabilitation technology, including the first myoelectric prosthetics and the sip-and-puff wheelchair. We invite you to explore these publications from Dr. Dean and Dr. Childress, available from our collection.

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Infographics on Urban and Rural Housing
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) (H133B110006) has published two new infographics, US Housing for People with Disabilities - Urban and Rural and Rural Housing for People with Disabilities. These infographics use data from the American Housing Survey to illustrate barriers to community participation that begin at home, and suggest ways to improve accessible housing opportunities.

Employer Practices State of the Science Conference Transcripts
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities (Employer Practices RRTC) (H133B100017) has published transcripts from its 2013 state of the science conference, Innovative Research on Employer Practices: Improving Employment for People with Disabilities. The transcripts include research presentations, as well as remarks and commentary from leaders within the federal government, private sector employers, and academia.

News items: 

Braille Music Tech in Focus in Keystone Edge
GOODFEEL and Low Vision Lime, technology developed by Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology under several NIDRR-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants (H133S070089, H133S060015, H133S030040, H133S020081, ED-99-PO-4767, RA94130005, RN93083103), was highlighted in a recent issue of Keystone Edge. Dancing Dots' director William McCann discussed his experience as a musician with vision loss, the history of Braille music, and how the SBIR program helped his company develop technology that is expanding opportunity for musicians and music students around the world.

RRTC Article Makes Top 5 Most Read SCI Articles
State of the science on cardiometabolic risk after spinal cord injury: Recap of the 2013 ASIA Pre-Conference on Cardiometabolic Disease (abstract), written by researchers at the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (H133B090002) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, made the list of most read articles from Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. The article ranked 5th of all articles read between April and June of this year.

Speaking of Health Highlights TBI and Youth
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS) (H133A120030), was interviewed on The Conundrum of Childhood Concussions (third item) for Speaking of Health with Dr. B. The radio program covered the symptoms of concussion in children and youth, and current research in prevention and treatment of concussion, particularly in sports.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Bridging Service Gaps - System Integration Strategies for Youth Mental Health Service Providers
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) (H133B090019) will host a webinar, Bridging Service Gaps: System Integration Strategies for Service Providers Working with Young Adults with Mental Health Issues, August 26th, 1-2pm ET. The webinar will address strategies for meeting the cross-system needs of young people with mental health conditions in the transition years. Registration is free but required. Previous webinars are archived on the Pathways RTC website.

Elsewhere in the Community:
The US Department of Health and Human Services maintains, a comprehensive, consumer-oriented website offering information and support for a broad range of mental health issues. The site covers the basics of mental health, signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, how to talk about mental health, and where to go to get help, including a treatment locator to find local facilities. The site is available in English and Spanish.