News and Notes 177 August 12

NARIC blog post discusses transition from high school of students with disabilities; SCIMS releases SCI Rancho Summer 2015 newsletter; NIDILRR-funded investigator receives ACRM Gold Key Award; Scientific American publishes article on NIDILRR-grant developed refreshable Braille technology; KTDRR hosts webcast: Conducting Culturally Humble Rehabilitation Research; Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Model System recruiting participants for a study on improving balance for people with TBI; CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) relases Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults - United States, 2013.

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The calendar may say it's still summer, but teachers and students are getting ready to go back to school. That includes students with disabilities, who may be meeting with their parents and education teams to review their individualized education programs (IEPs). For students heading into junior and senior year, that program will include a transition plan that maps out their path to adulthood, a path that can include college, vocational training, and employment. Read our latest blog post highlighting research and resources on transition from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere.

Resource Highlight: 

SCI on Rancho Summer Issue
The NIDILRR-funded Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center (SCIMS) (H133N110018) released its SCI on Rancho Summer 2015 newsletter (PDF). This issue features research on shoulder function and preventing injury in vehicle transfers. The newsletter also highlights the Pushrim mobility program, transportation resources in Southern California, and Rancho's international outreach efforts. The PDF includes English and Spanish versions of the newsletter.

News items: 

NIDILRR Researcher Receives ACRM Gold Key Award
John Corrigan, PhD, principal investigator for the NIDILRR-funded Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center, received the Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The Gold Key Award is the highest honor given by ACRM, and since 1932 has recognized members of the medical and allied professions who have rendered extraordinary service to the cause of rehabilitation.

Scientific American Highlights Refreshable Braille Technology
Refreshable Braille display, technology developed by Polymer Braille and North Carolina State University under a 2007-2009 NIDILRR-funded field initiated grant, was highlighted in 5 mobile technologies help level the playing field for people with disabilities in Scientific American magazine. The next generation of this technology, which is currently under development, will translate words and images into a 25-row display. It will be a significant improvement over single-line Braille displays currently in use.

Grantee event: 

Webcast: Culturally Humble Rehabilitation Research
The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) (H133A120012) will host a webcast, Conducting Culturally Humble Rehabilitation Research, August 19th, 3-4p ET. Researchers from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developing Strategies to Foster Community Integration and Participation for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (H133B090023) will discuss issues related to conducting research with ethnic and racial minorities and the medically underserved. Registration is free and required.


TBI Balance Study in Colorado
The NIDILRR-funded Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Model System (H133A120032) is recruiting participants for a study of the use of a virtual-reality gaming system to improve balance for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Participants must be TBI survivors 18 to 64 years old, who have been discharged from rehabilitation and are no longer receiving physical therapy, and who feel they could improve their balance. Participants will be asked to complete an in-home balance therapy program and attend four assessments over a six-month period at Craig Hospital. Participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact study staff at 303/789-8055 or

Elsewhere in the Community: 

MMWR: Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) recently released Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults - United States, 2013. The report covers data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual state-based health survey that offers surveillance of disease. The report includes data by state and by disability type based on functional categories. Among the findings, data shows that 1 in 5 Americans, or 53 million, are living with a disability.