News and Notes 130 September 3

Statistics on people in the US living with SCI; information from NWRSCIS on managing chronic pain following SCI; parents of children with TBI sought for study assessing a web-based intervention for youth with TBI; Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification presents The Art of Rehabilitation Counseling video; NIDRR seeks visitors to its website for participation in focus group; NNJSCIS publishes study linking built environment and community participation for adults with disabilities; Mid-Atlantic ADA Center discusses accessibility and the DC music scene on the Bandwidth blog on NPR station WAMU; Southeast ADA Center continues its monthly ADA Live Series with Web Accessibility.

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NARIC news: 

Did you know approximately 273,000 people in the US live with a spinal cord injury (SCI), with about 12,000 new cases diagnosed each year? According to the NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (H133A110002), more than 36% are caused by vehicle accidents, another 28% by falls (SCI Facts and Figures [PDF]) Throughout the month, we will be highlighting research and resources for SCI from the NIDRR community and elsewhere. Send us a tweet @NARICInfo or @NARICenEspanol to share your SCI questions or recommend a resource!

Resource Highlight: 

Managing Chronic Pain After Spinal Cord Injury
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110009) released Managing Chronic Pain After Spinal Cord Injury. This SCI Forum video, recorded in January, covers the different types, causes, and potential treatment options for chronic pain following SCI, including self-management strategies for decreasing and coping with pain. Previous SCI Forum videos are available in the archive.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Seeks Input from Current Website Users
NIDRR is seeking visitors to its website to participate in a one-hour focus group. NIDRR would like to hear from its different stakeholder groups, including researchers, clinicians, and people with disabilities. Participants must have visited the website within the last year. Details on the focus group and how to apply are available from NIDRR's website.

News items: 

Study Links Built Environment and Community Participation for Adults with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NNJSCIS) (H133N110020) recently published Disability and the built environment: An investigation of community and neighborhood land uses and participation for physically impaired adults (abstract), in the July issue of the Annals of Epidemiology. The study identified a link between the built environment and disability-related outcomes for adults with physical disabilities. Results showed that living in neighborhoods with large portions of open space was positively associated with the reporting of full physical, occupational, and social participation.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Discusses Accessibility and the DC Music Scene
Marian Vessels, project director of the NIDRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (H133A110017), was featured in Is DC's music scene shutting out disabled music fans? on the Bandwidth blog on WAMU, DC's NPR station. The article covers the accessibility of performance spaces in the Washington area, and what venue managers can do to welcome music fans with disabilities.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: ADA Live - Web Accessibility TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) continues its monthly ADA Live series with Web Accessibility, TODAY, 1-1:30 pm ET. Speakers Celestia Ohrazda from the Burton Blatt Institute and Marsha Schwanke from the Southeast ADA Center will discuss the "big picture" of accessibility, why web accessibility is important, and the tools and resources needed to make an accessible website. No registration is required and questions may be submitted in advance.


Transition Planning for Youth with TBI
The NIDRR-funded project on Defining Success: Web-Based Transition Training for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (H133G130307) is seeking parents of children with TBI to participate in a study assessing the effectiveness of a web-based intervention for youth with TBI transitioning from school. Qualifying participants will take a short online survey before and after visiting the Transition Web website over two months, after which they will receive $75 in compensation. For more information, email

Elsewhere in the Community: 

The Art of Rehabilitation Counseling
The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) presents The Art of Rehabilitation Counseling, a short video exploring the unique qualifications and exceptional abilities of rehabilitation counselors. Rehabilitation counselors also share their stories of success working to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.