News and Notes 137 October 22

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: resources from the NARIC collection and elsewhere includes information about self-employment for people with disabilities; RRTC-EBP VR releases research summary of the effect of vocational rehabilitation services on employment outcomes for adults with cerebral palsy; Self-Management Assistance Through Technology (SMART) project seeks wheelchair user input for the development of a smartphone app that guides users through the process of selecting a wheelchair; the American Academy of Neurology offers free magazine Neurology Now for people with neurologic conditions and their caregivers; ENACT releases proceedings from its 2014 Arthritis State of the Science conference; former NIDRR Fellow publishes paper on home visitability for people with disabilities in October APMR; principal investigator of RecTech serves as guest editor of quarterly research digest from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, offering guidelines for promoting inclusive fitness; Northeast ADA Center to host webinar: Section 503, the ADA Amendment Act, and Disability Service Providers.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month's theme is Expect. Employ. Empower. For some people with disabilities, that empowerment comes through self-employment and entrepreneurship. Check out these research publications on self-employment from the NIDRR community and other sources, available from the NARIC collection. If you're interested in starting your own small business, visit the Job Accommodation Network's Entrepreneurship page for helpful resources.

Resource Highlight: 

How VR Services Affect Employment Outcomes for Adults with CP
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) (H133B100034) has released How VR Services Affect Employment Outcomes for Adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP). This plain-language research summary describes how VR services can positively impact employment rates and quality of employment for adults with CP, especially when coordinated with services from special educators and health professionals.

News items: 

Arthritis State of the Science Proceedings Now Available
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) (H133B100003) has released proceedings from its 2014 State of the Science Conference: Promoting Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis. Proceedings include an executive summary, videos of two keynote presentations, videos of six presentations from the New Investigator Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research, and presentation slides from all other sessions at the conference.

Visitability in Focus in APMR
2011 NIDRR Fellow (H133F110017) Dorothy Nary, PhD, has published Making homes more 'visitable' for wheelchair users and potential hosts (abstract) as a special insert in the October issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This educational article is based on her NIDRR-funded work and offers tools and resources to have a productive discussion regarding home barriers for visitors with disabilities and how to remove them.

President's Council Highlights Fitness and Disability
James H. Rimmer, PhD, principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting People with Disabilities (RecTech) (H133E120005), served as guest author for the most recent issue of Elevate Health (PDF), the quarterly research digest from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. The issue examines physical activity and wellness barriers facing individuals with disabilities, the consequences of these barriers, and a framework and guidelines for promoting inclusive fitness at the community level.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Section 503, the ADA Amendments Act, and Disability Service Providers - Scenario Clinic TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) will host a webinar, Section 503, the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Disability Service Providers: Scenario Clinic, TODAY, 1-2pm. This interactive session will focus on real-life employment implications of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADAAA for individuals with disabilities and those who serve them. Registration is free but required.


Wheelchair User Input for App Development
The NIDRR-funded project Self-Management Assistance Through Technology (SMART) - Virtual Coaches for Wheelchair Users (H133A130025) seeks input from wheelchair users to develop a smartphone app to guide users through the process of selecting, purchasing, and using a wheelchair. Researchers will collect input through focus groups and individual interviews, both by phone and in person. Participants must be wheelchair users 18 years or older. To participate or for more information, contact Tanya Liu at or 412/822-3700.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Neurology Now
The American Academy of Neurology offers Neurology Now, a free magazine for people with neurologic conditions and their caregivers. The October/November issue features actress Tamala Jones, who experienced a ruptured brain aneurysm at 23. Also included are articles on the effect of neurologic conditions on driving and traveling, staying mentally active to delay the onset of Alzheimer's, and several types of insurance available to caregivers. Neurology Now is available online and in print.