News and Notes 144 December 10

To guide readers for the holidays, NARIC has publications on accessible gifts for children with disabilities; Virginia Commonwealth University TBI Model System Center publishes Fall issue of TBI Today newsletter; Aging RRTC seeks participants for a survey on minorities with SCI; Census Bureau releases new report, Older Americans with a Disability: 2008-2012; director of RTC/CL delivers Presidential Address at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities annual conference; RERC UD and Touch Graphics publishes article on wayfinding technology in Experiential Graphics Magazine; StatsRRTC and IC-RRTC releases nTIDE report of "first Friday" data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing more Americans with disabilities finding employment; Northeast ADA Center presenting webinar, ADA: Back to Basics.

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As we head toward the holidays, our readers may be working their way through lists of gifts for friends and family, including children with disabilities. Accessible toys and inclusive play help children with disabilities to build motor and social skills. You may be interested in these publications on toys and play from the NIDRR community and other sources, all available from our collection. We also recommend this factsheet on How AT Can Help You at Play (PDF) from the NIDRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064).

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TBI Today
The NIDRR-funded Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Center (H133A120031) has published the Fall issue of TBI Today (PDF), its quarterly newsletter. This issue features research on TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), coping strategies for students recovering from a brain injury, and several opportunities to participate in center studies. Previous issues are available in the archive.

News items: 

NIDRR Grantee Delivers AAIDD Presidential Address
Amy Hewitt, PhD, director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities (RTC/CL) (H133B130006), presented the 138th Presidential Address, Embracing Complexity, Community Inclusion, Participation, and Citizenship (YouTube), at the annual conference of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Dr. Hewitt discussed research in community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including work by the RTC/CL and other NIDRR-funded projects. The lecture is available free in full text (PDF) in the most recent issue of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Experiential Graphics Magazine Highlights Wayfinding Technology
Researchers from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC UD) (H133E050004) and NIDRR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grantee Touch Graphics (H133S090137) recently published The last mile in Experiential Graphics Magazine. The article discusses wayfinding technology used by people with visual disabilities, including new touch-responsive talking maps and models.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: The ADA - Back to Basics TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Northeast ADA Center (H133A110020) will present a webinar, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Back to Basics, TODAY, 1pm ET. Center staff will share some of the most commonly asked questions about the ADA, including definitions of disability; basic requirements of the law in public, private, and employment settings; and how to file a discrimination complaint. Registration is free but required.


Minorities with SCI Needed for Long-Term Survey
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities (Aging RRTC) (H133B130018) is enrolling individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who identify as African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American for its survey on living with SCI. Qualifying participants will receive three questionnaires by mail over the next five years. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information or to volunteer, contact study staff at or 866/928-2114.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Older Americans with a Disability 2008-2012
The Census Bureau has released Older Americans with a Disability: 2008-2012, a new report on the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Americans over age 65 living with a disability. The report uses data from the American Community Survey and interviews with older Americans to examine disability status by age, gender, and selected socioeconomic characteristics, with a special focus on those living alone or in poverty. Download the full report (PDF).