News and Notes 150 February 4

News and Notes new look, based on reader recommendations; RTC on TBI publishes Parenting for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); telerehabilitation tool VISYTER from RERC TR to be brought to the healthcare marketplace; Harper's Magazine features Universal Design including interview with principal investigator at New England ADA Center; four articles from two NIDRR-funded RERCs among the best papers at CSUN 2014, appearing in the Journal of Technology and Persons with Disabilities; participants sought for UAB-SCIMS study of pregnancy in women with SCI; 2015 registration open for NARRTC Conference highlighting research by the NIDRR community; Job Accommodation Network (JAN) releases Leave as an Accommodation, the latest in the Accommodation and Compliance Series.

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Parenting for Adults with TBI
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (H133B090023) has published Parenting for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (PDF), a manual for families experiencing TBI. Based on the work of 2012 NIDRR Switzer Fellow Kacey Little Maestas, PhD (H133F120013), the manual describes how TBI can affect parenting and common challenges faced by parents with TBI, along with tips on how to deal with these challenges. It also includes resources for further information and support. The manual is also available in Spanish (PDF).

News items: 

New System Expands Options for Telerehabilitation
VISYTER, a telerehabilitation system developed by the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation (H133E090002), has been licensed by Impellia, a new tech start-up that will bring the system and other innovative technologies to the healthcare marketplace. VISYTER is a secure, integrated system that combines high-quality videoconferencing and access to electronic health records, stimuli presentation, remote multi-camera control, and other tools to help rehabilitation professionals provide assessment and training to their clients.

Harper's Magazine Highlights Universal Design
Valerie Fletcher, principal investigator for the NIDRR-funded New England ADA Center (H133A110028), was interviewed in Easy chair - universal use (PDF) in the January issue of Harper's Magazine. Ms. Fletcher discussed the importance of the ADA, the cultural shift away from the medical model of disability, and how universal design improves access for all.

RERC Research Among Best Papers at CSUN 2014
Four articles from two NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) appear in the latest volume of the Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, featuring the best papers presented at the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN 2014). The RERC for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) (H133E110009) presented three papers on hearing aid compatibility and cell phones, wireless technology uses and activities, and the future of technology and disability. The RERC on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access (H133E130028) presented on computerized decision support. The entire issue is available at no cost in full text.

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2015 NARRTC Conference Registration Opens
The 2015 NARRTC Conference, the largest single conference highlighting research by the NIDRR community, will be held April 30th and May 1st in Arlington, VA. This year’s conference will include keynote speakers, symposia, and networking and poster sessions. Paper and poster proposals are currently being accepted. Registration is open to all, including those outside the NIDRR grantee community, and there are related registration fees.


Pregnancy and SCI Study
The NIDRR-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (UAB-SCIMS) (H133N110008) is recruiting participants for a multi-site observational study of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and post-partum outcomes of women with and without SCI. Participants must be women with SCI 19 years or older, in the first trimester of pregnancy, one year or more post-injury, and living near Birmingham, AL; Downey, CA; Louisville, KY; or Ann Arbor, MI. Qualified participants will be compensated. Contact information for each site is included in the announcement.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Leave as an Accommodation The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released Leave as an Accommodation, the latest in the Accommodation and Compliance Series. This comprehensive document provides background information on the use of leave as an accommodation for employees with disabilities, and features an in-depth series of questions and answers that examine the nuances of the subject. JAN's Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).