News and Notes 142 November 26

Thanksgiving greetings and reminder of News and Notes survey; RTC/CL releases Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability; TIKTOC seeks participants with SCI for testing of SCI-HARD game; multi-partner campaign, Commit to Inclusion, for including people with disabilities in physical activity, nutrition, and obesity programs and policies; NIDRR hosts presentation, Voting System Interactions for People with Disabilities: Integrating Cloud-Based Accessibility; project director for Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center presents at ISBI 2014; NWRSCIS and University of Washington MSKTC publish systematic review of exercise, SCI, and cardiovascular risk; StatsRRTC to release 2014 Compendium of Disability Statistics on December 3rd, followed by Research-to-Policy Roundtable.

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Resource Highlight: 

Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006) has released Understanding Community Poverty, Housing, and Disability, the latest issue of Policy Research Brief. This interactive issue discusses how local-level poverty affects people with disabilities across the US and how disability poverty rates relate to local housing issues. Previous Policy Research Briefs are available in the archive.

NIDILRR News and Events: 

NIDRR Presents: Voting System Interactions for People with Disabilities - Integrating Cloud-Based Accessibility
NIDRR will host Shaneé Dawkins, PhD, and Sharon Laskowski, PhD, of the Visualization and Usability Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), for a presentation, Voting System Interactions for People with Disabilities: Integrating Cloud-Based Accessibility, December 10th, 1-2:30pm ET, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th St SW, Washington, DC - Room 6075. Drs. Dawkins and Laskowski will discuss the role of human factors in the design and application of voting systems, including technologies for people with disabilities, and the efforts of NIST researchers in evaluating the applicability of integrating cloud-based accessible technologies into the voting process. Registration is free for in-person or teleconference but space is limited for both. RSVP to Kathy McCoy or call 202/245-7407.

News items: 

NIDRR Grantee Presents at ISBI 2014
Nicole S. Gibran, MD, FACS, project director for the NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Burn Model System Center (H133A120024), presented at the 17th Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries in Sydney, Australia, where she was an invited speaker within the Psychosocial Support for Burn Patients symposium. Dr. Gibran addressed the use of burn-specific versus general psychosocial measures in research, including longitudinal research studies concerning the recovery and community re-integration of burn survivors.

New Systematic Review Investigates Exercise, SCI, and Cardiovascular Risk
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H13N110009, H133N060033) and the University of Washington's Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (2006-2011) (H133A060070) recently published Adverse events in cardiovascular-related training programs in people with spinal cord injury: A systematic review (abstract) in the November issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. The authors reviewed more than 140 articles to identify evidence of adverse events associated with training in persons with SCI, concluding that cardiovascular exercise is not harmful when done according to guidelines and established safety precautions. This article is available through NARIC's document delivery service under Accession Number J68720.

Grantee event: 

2014 Compendium of Disability Statistics Release and Roundtable
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) (H133B130015) will release the 2014 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics, December 3rd, at The Washington Center, Blinken Auditorium, Washington, DC, 9am-12pm ET. The release will also be webcast. The fourth annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable will follow from 1:30-4pm. Registration is free but required by November 30th to attend in person or via webcast.


SCI-HARD Game Testing
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Increasing Knowledge – Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC) (H133E130014) is seeking individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to test SCI-HARD, a game created to help individuals with SCI develop or improve their self-management skills. The game is designed to be accessible to individuals with all levels of SCI. Some individuals may play with their hands while others may use a mouthstick. Participants will test the game on Android and iOS devices. Interested players must be English-speaking, between the ages of 13 and 29, have an SCI, and have access to a mobile device onto which they can download and play SCI-HARD. For more information, email

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Commit to Inclusion
Commit to Inclusion is a multi-partner campaign that supports the implementation of guidelines and programming to empower people with disabilities to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Participating organizations commit to disability inclusion in their physical activity, nutrition, and obesity programs and policies. Action resources include a guidelines implementation manual, information about inclusion and universal design, campaign graphics, social media tools, promising practice programs, and an opportunity to nominate champions for change. Partners include the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, various centers on disability, public health organizations, and health and fitness companies.