News and Notes 166 May 27

Research and resources from NIDILRR community in observation of Mental Health Month; MSKTC releases three new consumer fact sheets on burn injury; GOODFEEL and Low Vision Lime music technology by Dancing Dots featured at Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind and Visually Impaired; NIDILRR researcher James Krause will present Essie Morgan Lecture  at the 2015 Academy of Spinal Cord Inury Professionals (ASCIP) conference; Pathways RTC will host webinar on homelessness among young adults; AbleData will host ATPalooza social media event, sharing information, resources, and and research on AT; Mid-Atlantic ADA Center announces ADA in Action Photo Contest in honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA; Veterans Administration Center for Innovation launches the VA Innovation Creation Series Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge series of events to facilitate development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities.

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May observances continue with Mental Health Month, sponsored by Mental Health America, with a campaign focusing on early screening and intervention for mental health conditions. The National Alliance for Mental Illness offers these 10 common warning signs of a mental health condition in teens and youth. Early identification and intervention can mean staying in school, keeping a job, maintaining a stable family and home life, even saving a life. We've put together a collection of research and resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere that you can use as you support stigma-free mental health awareness in your community.

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Burn Injury Consumer Fact Sheets
The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) has released three new consumer fact sheets on burn injury. Exercise After Burn Injury describes the importance of exercise and stretching after a burn injury and describes activities used for improving strength and flexibility. Help Your Child Recover -- Build Your Child's Resilience After a Burn Injury provides information for parents and professionals working with children with burn injuries. Going Back to School After a Major Burn Injury provides advice and resources for parents on how to help prepare their child's return to school. Fact sheets are available in English and Spanish and may be reproduced and distributed freely with appropriate attribution.

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NIDILRR-Funded Music Technology Goes to Summer Camp
GOODFEEL® and Low Vision Lime, music technology developed by Dancing Dots under several NIDILRR Small Business Innovation Research grants (H133S070089, H133S060015, H133S030040, H133S020081, ED-99-PO-4767, RA94130005, RN93083103), will be on display at the Music Academy at Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind and Visually Impaired this August in Napa, CA. Dancing Dots founder Bill McCann will lead a team of instructors teaching young musicians who are blind or have low vision in using GOODFEEL, Lime, and other techniques and technology to write, practice, perform, and record music. The Music Academy is attended by blind and low-vision musicians age 14 to 25 from across the US.

NIDILRR Researcher to Present Essie Morgan Lecture at ASCIP
James Krause, PhD, principal investigator of several NIDILRR-funded projects on longevity and spinal cord injury (H133G140048, H133A120122, H133G110157, H133B090005, H133A080064), will present the Essie Morgan Lecture at the 2015 Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) conference in September. Dr. Krause's lecture, 40 Years of SCI Research, will discuss his long-running study of participation, subjective well-being, health, and SCI. The Essie Morgan Lecture recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of social services for people with SCI.

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Webinar: Homelessness Among Young Adults
The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation (Pathways RTC) (H133B140009) will host a webinar, Addressing Homelessness Among Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Social Networks Approach, June 2nd, 1-2pm ET. Jennifer Blakeslee, PhD, will present a social network support perspective on the growing problem of housing insecurity/homelessness among youth aging out of foster care, possible policy changes that may result, and intervention recommendations to bolster the informal social support networks of foster youth. Registration for the webinar is free but required.

AbleData Hosts #ATPalooza
The NIDILRR-funded AbleData project (ED-OSE-13-C-0064) will host a social media event, ATPalooza, May 27th to 29th. Over the three-day event, assistive technology (AT) experts and AbleData staff will share information, resources, and research on AT. Twitter users are invited to submit their questions, comments, and suggestions for AT, do-it-yourself solutions, and other ways to support and promote AT. Follow AbleData on Twitter @AT_Info and use the #ATPalooza hashtag to follow and contribute to the discussion.


ADA in Action Photo Contest
The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (H133A110017) invites amateur and professional photographers in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to submit entries for the ADA in Action Photo Contest, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Entries may be submitted in five categories matching the five titles of the ADA: Employment, State and Local Government Programs, Public Accommodations, Telecommunications, and Miscellaneous. Prizes will be awarded to the best photos of the ADA in Action in each category. Entries must be submitted by June 5th.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

VA Innovation Challenge
The Veterans Administration Center for Innovation recently launched the VA Innovation Creation Series Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge, a series of events to facilitate development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans. Designers, engineers, and other problem-solvers may submit initial design solutions for several challenges: prosthetic device and controller development, accessible gaming controls, medication adherence technology, and devices to address tremor. The series will culminate in a two-day make-a-thon in July where submitted designs will be built and tested at the Richmond VA Medical Center. All the designs submitted as part of this challenge are considered part of the public domain and are open source for anyone to use to help improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.