News and Notes 140 November 12
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opened in DC, publications related to veterans with disabilities available from the NIDRR community and elsewhere; Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System offers videos on exercises for individuals with burn injuries; Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer publishes article: Development of a measure of knowledge use by stakeholders of rehabilitation technology in SAGE Open Medicine; White House and US Department of Health and Human Services launches The 2015 Conference on Aging Website; nTIDE Report shows employment on the rise for people with disabilities; director of Mid-Atlantic ADA center publishes Hospitality, accessibility, and the ADA in Disability.blog; webcast: advantages of an interdisciplinary primary care/spinal cord medicine clinic; webcast: RESNA Catalyst Project and services and resources available through the Statewide Assistive Technology Programs.
Yesterday, we took time out to honor the men and women who have served our country, many of whom live with service-related disabilities. The new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opened recently here in DC, featuring sculptures, photos, and stories of military men and women who came home from war with life-altering disabilities. The monument is a powerful tribute to their service and their determination to succeed. To those who served, and the families who support them, we say Thank You. For a look at recent research on veterans with disabilities, check out these publications from the NIDRR community and other sources, available from our collection.
BH-BIMS Instructional Videos
The NIDRR-funded Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System (BH-BIMS) offers a series of instructional videos providing step-by-step instructions for exercises to be used in the rehabilitation of individuals with burn injuries. Range-of-motion exercises and stretches are grouped by body part and therapeutic area. After viewing the videos, readers are asked to provide feedback by completing a brief survey.
Development of a Measure of Knowledge Use by Stakeholders in Rehab Technology
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) has published Development of a measure of knowledge use by stakeholders of rehabilitation technology in the journal SAGE Open Medicine. The article describes the development and testing of the Level of Knowledge Use Survey instrument, a web-based measure of self-reported knowledge use. The article is available free in full text.
nTIDE Report: Employment on the Rise for People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) and the RRTC on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC) released the October National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report shows some positive signs for employment of people with disabilities for the first time since September 2013. Previous nTIDE reports are available from the StatsRRTC website.
Hospitality, Accessibility, and the ADA
Marian Vessels, director of the NIDRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, recently published Hospitality, accessibility, and the ADA in Disability.blog, the official blog of Disability.gov. Ms. Vessels discussed how the ADA addresses the barriers people with disabilities often face when traveling or dining out. She also highlightedADAhospitality.org, a website developed by the NIDRR-funded ADA National Network to provide the hospitality industry with information, resources, and training on the application of the ADA.
Webcast: Knowledge-in-Motion TOMORROW
The NIDRR-funded New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NERSCIC) and the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury System Center will host a webcast, Knowledge-in-Motion: Interdisciplinary Primary Care for People with SCI, TOMORROW, 6:30-8pm. Steve Williams, MD, co-investigator of the Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center, and Michael Stillman, MD, from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, will discuss the advantages of an interdisciplinary primary care/spinal cord medicine clinic for maintaining optimum health. They will also address current disparities in primary care in the US for people with SCI, and how they can advocate for appropriate interdisciplinary health care. Registration is free but required.
Webcast: RESNA Catalyst Project - Providing Assistive Technology Support and Technical Assistance TOMORROW
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities will host a webcast, RESNA Catalyst Project: Providing Assistive Technology Support and Technical Assistance, TOMORROW, 2-2:45pm. Representatives from RESNA will give an overview of the services offered by the Catalyst Project and services and resources available through the Statewide Assistive Technology Programs. Registration is free but required.
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging
The White House and the US Department of Health and Human Services have launched The 2015 White House Conference on Aging Website, part of a year-long effort to celebrate and support the health and well-being of older Americans. The 2015 Conference on Aging and related activities will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Interested individuals can sign up at the website to receive weekly updates on Conference activities.