NIDRR Seeks Reviewers for the Field-Initiated Program (FIP) Competition

NIDRR is seeking expert peer reviewers for its FIP competition (research and development) for multiple dates in April, May, and June. NIDRR uses teleconferences to conduct all review meetings, so reviewers do not have to travel to participate. All expertise is welcome. Expertise in the following areas is particularly needed: health and disability policy, community living, health promotion activities, spinal cord injury, burn injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, arthritis, amputation, traumatic brain injury (TBI), TBI genetic markers, brain-computer interface, MRI imaging, obesity, neuropathic pain management, autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, emotional/psychiatric disabilities, prosthetics/orthotics, robotics, assistive technology, cloud computing, communicative-language/vision/hearing, randomized control trials, rehabilitation interventions, fatigue, and statistics. Interested individuals who would like to be considered for peer reviewers may send CV and contact information to Theresa San Agustin. Additional information for this competition is available in the application package.

Learn more about the peer review process in this article: What to Expect When You Donate Your Brain to Science at NIDRR and Become a Peer Reviewer.

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Webinar: Reliability and Error in Measurement Instruments developed with Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory

WEBINAR (Sponsored by the Analytic Special Interest Group of the TBI Model Systems)
Reliability and Error in Measurement Instruments developed with Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory
Presenter:  Alan J. Kozlowski, Ph.D., B.Sc (PT)
Date/Time:  April 22, 2014; 4:00 PM EDT
Web address:  https://craighospitalresearch.globalmeet.com/TBINDSC
Dial in:  Dial in number :  1-888-850-4523; Passcode: 901435
Analyses conducted using data from the Model Systems National Databases  allow researchers and clinicians to examine patterns of change in constructs such as physical and cognitive functioning using scores from the motor and cognitive subscales of the FIM™ Instrument, psychological functioning using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), or a variety of other outcome measures. However, the original versions of these instruments were developed using Classical Test Theory (CTT) methods. One limitation of CTT-based instruments is that the scores can be interpreted only for the scale or subscale summary scores; individual items cannot be interpreted at a single point in time or for change over time. Another limitation of many multi-item CTT-based instruments, whether patient-reported or clinician-rated, is that the resulting scores are ordinal in nature, even though numerically they have the appearance of interval-level scaling. Together, these and other design issues contribute error to measurement, and consequently influence the reliability of the instrument. As we look across time, measurement reliability becomes more important.

In this webinar, the first of three in the series, the presenters will discuss the aspects of test development using CTT and a contemporary approach called Item Response Theory (IRT) that relate to measuring and interpreting change over time.

Alan J. Kozlowski, Ph.D., B.Sc (PT) is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Bionics Research Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his B.Sc. in physical therapy in 1991 and his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in 2010, both from the University of British Columbia. He practiced as a physical therapist and rehabilitation manager in work disability prevention before pursing graduate studies. Dr. Kozlowski completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University, in which he constructed individual growth models for FIM Instrument scores for persons with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.  He has instructed courses in physical therapy clinical skills, measurement in clinical practice (online), and research methods.

We at NARIC are posting this for information purposes. We are not involved in the planning or presentation of this webinar.

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¿Qué son las Discapacidades del Desarrollo?

Los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en inglés) definen discapacidades del desarrollo (DD) como un “grupo de condiciones debidas a la alteración en las áreas físicas, el aprendizaje, el lenguaje, o comportamiento. Estas condiciones se manifiestan durante el periodo de desarrollo, pueden afectar el funcionamiento del día a día, y por lo general duran toda la vida de una persona. Aproximadamente uno en seis niños en los EEUU tienen una o más discapacidades del desarrollo u otros retrasos en el desarrollo.” DD ocurren en todos los grupos raciales, étnicos, educacionales, y socioeconómicos y son identificadas antes de que una persona llega a la edad de 22 años.

DD pueden comenzar en cualquier momento durante el periodo de desarrollo y la mayoría empiezan antes de que él bebé nace debido a una lesión, infección, u otros factores. Se cree que muchas DD son causadas por una mezcla compleja de factores que incluyen la genética, salud y comportamientos de los padres durante el embarazo, complicaciones durante el parto, infecciones que él bebé podría tener pronto en la vida, y/o exposición a altos niveles de toxinas ambientales. Para la mayoría de DD, no sabemos la causa; para algunas DD, como el síndrome de alcoholismo fetal (que es causada por el consumo de alcohol durante el embarazo), sí sabemos la causa.

A menudo, vemos las discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo agrupadas junto con problemas de aprendizaje. Discapacidades de aprendizaje (LD por sus siglas en inglés) afectan la manera en que el cerebro recibe, procesa, almacena, responde a, y comunica la información. No son lo mismo que la discapacidad intelectual o de desarrollo, discapacidades sensoriales, o trastornos del espectro autista. LD incluyen dislexia, discalculia, disgrafia, y dispraxia. Discapacidades intelectuales pueden comenzar antes de los 18 años de edad y afectan el funcionamiento intelectual o la inteligencia y comportamiento adaptivo. Por favor, visite nuestro blog para aprender más sobre las discapacidades intelectuales. El término discapacidad de desarrollo es un término más amplio que puede ser físico, intelectual, o ambos. Incluye los trastornos del espectro autista, epilepsia, parálisis cerebral, síndrome de Down, retraso en el desarrollo, y otros trastornos.

Hicimos una búsqueda en la Base de Datos del Programa de NIDRR para ver qué proyectos están haciendo investigaciones relacionadas a DD. Los siguientes proyectos de NIDRR son sólo una muestra (los resúmenes están en inglés):

  • Centro de Investigación de Rehabilitación y Capacitación sobre las Discapacidades del Desarrollo y la Salud en la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago. Número del Proyecto: H133B130007.
  • Determinando la Eficacia del Modelo de Instrucción del Desarrollo de la Carrera Auto-determinada para Mejorar los Resultados de Empleo para los Adultos con Discapacidades del Desarrollo en la Universidad de Missouri. Número del Proyecto: H133G120071.
  • Centro de Investigación de Rehabilitación y Capacitación sobre la Vida Comunitaria en la Universidad de Kansas. Número del Proyecto: H133B110006.
  • Otros proyectos actualmente financiados por NIDRR centrados en las discapacidades del desarrollo.

También realizamos una búsqueda en REHABDATA y encontramos más de 1,000 artículos por los beneficiarios de NIDRR en nuestra colección. He aquí una muestra:

  • La continuidad de la discapacidad durante toda la vida: La convergencia de envejecimiento con la discapacidad y el envejecimiento en la discapacidad. Número de Acceso de NARIC: J67636.
  • Inclusión social y la participación comunitaria de individuos con discapacidades intelectuales/de desarrollo. Número de Acceso de NARIC: J67765.
  • Apoyo para el uso de ACC en el preescolar, y el crecimiento en las habilidades del lenguaje, para niños con discapacidades de desarrollo. Número de Acceso de NARIC: J67919.

Para obtener más información, o si usted está buscando recursos, por favor visite nuestro folleto Discapacidades de Desarrollo

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What are Developmental Disabilities?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define developmental disabilities (DD) as a “group of conditions due to impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. About one in six children in the US have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.” DD occur across all racial, ethnic, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds and are identified before a person reaches the age of 22.

DD can begin anytime during the developmental period and most begin before a baby is born. However, some can happen after a child is born due to injury, infection, or other factors. Many DD are thought to be caused by a complex mix of factors that include genetics, parental health and behaviors during pregnancy, complications during birth, infections the baby might have early in life, and/or exposure to high levels of environmental toxins. For the majority of DD we do not know the cause; for some DD, such as fetal alcohol syndrome (which is caused by consuming alcohol during pregnancy), we do know the cause.

Often, we see intellectual and developmental disabilities grouped together along with learning disabilities.  Learning disabilities (LD) affect how the brain receives, processes, stores, respond to, and communicates information. They are not the same as intellectual or developmental disabilities, sensory disabilities, or autism spectrum disorders. LDs include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia. Intellectual disabilities may start before the age of 18 and affect intellectual functioning or intelligence and adaptive behavior. Please visit our blog post to learn more about intellectual disabilities.  The term developmental disability is a broader term that can be intellectual, physical, or both. It includes autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delay, and other disorders.

We ran a search on the NIDRR Program Database to see what projects are doing research related to DD. The following NIDRR projects are just a sample:

  • Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Project Number: H133B130007.
  • Determining the Efficacy of the Self-Determined Career Development Model of Instruction to Improve Employment Outcomes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities at the University of Missouri. Project Number: H133G120071.
  • Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living. Project Number: H133B110006.
  • Other currently-funded NIDRR projects focusing on developmental disabilities.

We also ran a search in REHABDATA and found over 1000 articles produced by NIDRR grantees in our collection. Here is a sample:

  • The continuum of disability over the lifespan: The convergence of aging with disability and aging into disability. NARIC Accession Number: J67636.
  • Social inclusion and community participation of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. NARIC Accession Number: J67765.
  • Support for AAC use in preschool, and growth in language skills, for young children with developmental disabilities. NARIC Accession Number: J67919.

For more information or if you are looking for resources, please visit our brochure on developmental disabilities.

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Resumen Semanal de las Noticias sobre la Discapacidad: Lunes, 7 de Abril – Viernes, 11 de Abril

Mes de Concientización sobre el Autismo
Preocupaciones de autismo-vacunas siguen siendo generalizadas (Disability Scoop)
Una nueva encuesta Harris Poll encuentra que 1 en 3 padres creen que las vacunas pueden causar autismo, a pesar del vínculo está siendo ampliamente desacreditado por la comunidad científica. En la encuesta de 1,756 adultos en los Estados Unidos, 29 por ciento están de acuerdo que las vacunas pueden provocar  el trastorno de desarrollo. Entre aquellos con hijos bajo la edad de 18 años, el número fue 33 por ciento. Mientras tanto, las preocupaciones sobre que las tasas de vacunación son muy altas, con un reciente brote de paperas en Ohio y un aumento de los casos de sarampión en California y Nueva York.

Sesame Street se centrará en el autismo (Disability Scoop)
La organización sin fines de lucro Sesame Workshop está lanzando un nuevo esfuerzo par reducir el estigma que rodea el autismo y ayudar aquellos con la discapacidad de desarrollo a aprender habilidades para la vida. A través de su iniciativa “Ver lo increible en todos los niños”, Sesame Workshop creará instrumentos digitales para ayudar los niños con autismo aprender a jugar con los demás y completar las actividades de la vida, tales cómo lavrse los dientes, vestirse, y probar nuevos alimentos. Abby Cadabby de Sesame Street ayudó iluminar el Empire State Building en azul, el 2 de abril en honor al Día Mundial de Concienciación sobre el Autismo.

Dentro de la mente de un niño con autismo (The New York Times)
Un nuevo método que utiliza los personajes animados para alcanzar a los niños con autismo ha sido propuesto por los investigadores en MIT, Yale, y la Universidad de Cambridge. La propuesta pide un ensayo de 16 semanas con 68 niños con autismo, con edades entre 4 y 6 años. La mitad de los niños recibirían terapia que utiliza programas o películas de dibujos animados que les gustan, como marco para mejorar la interacción social, crear capacidades cruciales como el contacto visual y el juego conjunto. La otra mitad, el grupo de control, se involucraría en el juego libre, dirigido por el interés del niño. La idea para el estudio proviene del padre de un niño con autismo cuyo nuevo libro, “Vida, Animada”, describe alcanzar a su hjo a través de su fascinación por las películas animadas de Disney.

Proyecto de foto para las personas con autismo ofrece ideas sobre su visión del mundo (The Washington Post)
El Proyecto InFocus, un programa de los Servicios Comunitarios para los Adultos y Niños Autistas (CSAAC por sus siglas en inglés) en Montgomery County, Md., proporciona un medio para que las personas con autismo se pueden expresar en las fotografías. Los participantes en el programa se reúnen cada semana, y sus fotos preferidas se venden en el sitio web de CSAAC. El grupo se reunió recientemente para fotografiar las flores de cerezo alrededor de la Cuenca Tidal de Washington.

Política:
Rhode Island se convertirá en modelo para la desegregación de los talleres protegidos (The Providence Journal)
El gobierno federal y el gobierno de Rhode Islan han llegado a un acuerdo que moverá las personas con discapacidades de los entornos de trabajo segregados a los puestos típicos en la comunidad con un salario competitivo. El plan tiene como objetivo avanzar gradualmente las personas de Rhode Island con discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo de tareas sin sentido, como la limitación de botellas de loción por $2.21 cada hora a trabajos coincidentes con sus intereses y habilidades.

Rehabilitación:
‘El viento en las piernas’: Estimulador ayuda a los hombres paralizados a moverse de nuevo (NBC News)
Un estimulador eléctrico ha permitido a cuatro hombres con lesiones medulares graces a mover sus piernas de nuevo. El estimulador, originalmente duesarrollado por Medtronic  para tratar el dolor crónico, es un dispositivo de tamaño de marcapasos implantado bajo la piel del abdomen, conectando a electrodos colocados cerca de la médula espinal. Cuando se activa, el dispositivo ofrece un bajo pulso de electricidad. Ninguno de los hombres puede caminar de nuevo, pero los investigadores creen que el estimulador está  reentrenando los nervios dañados en sus médulas espinales a comunicarse otra vez con el cerebro. Uno de los hombres relata cómo la terapia lo ha permitido ejercer para revertir una pérdida progresiva de los músculos y cómo es que ahora puede sentir el tacto blando y duro y el viento en sus piernas. Vídeos cortos que demuestran el estimulador en acción están incluidos.

Investigación:
Una investigación reciente señala que la perdida de audición afecta la personalidad de los ancianos (Hearing Review)
Una nueva investigación de la Universidad de Gothenburg, Suecia, muestra que la pérdida de audición puede amplificar una tendencia a ser menos saliente en las personas mayores. Un estudio de 400 personas de 80 a 98 años de edad durante un período incluyó una evaluación semestral de sus medidas físicas y mentales, así como los aspectos de personalidad, tales como la extroversión y la estabildiad emocional. El único factor que los investigadores fueron capaces de vincular a la reducción de extroversión en los participantes fue la pérdida de la audición. Los resultados del estudio apuntan a la importancia de reconocer y tratar la pérdida de audición entre los ancianos.

Los investigadores utilizan Google Glass para ayudar a las personas con enfermedad de Parkinson (gizmag)
Los investigadores de la Universidad de Newcastle en el Reino Unido han investigado cómo se puede utilizar Google Glass para ayudar a las personas con la enfermedad de Parkinson. El proyecto hace uso de cinco audífonos donados por Google a la universidad. Los investigadores trabajaron con voluntarios con enfermedad de Parkinson, adaptando la funcionalidad de aplicaciones que ellos desarrollaron para la adaptación a las necesidades reales de los pacientes, tales como proporcionar recordatorios personales horarios de citas y horarios de medicación.  Además, la tecnología ofrece indicaciones discretas para recordar a los usuarios a hablar en alta voz o par moverse después de “congelación”, un efecto secondario común de la enfermedad Parkinson. El artículo incluye un vídeo que demuestra la tecnología.

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Disability News Weekly Roundup – Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11

Autism Awareness Month:
Autism-vaccine concerns remain widespread (Disability Scoop)
A new Harris Poll survey finds that 1 in 3 parents believe that vaccines can cause autism, despite the link being widely discredited by the scientific community. In the poll of 1,756 adults across the United States, 29 percent agreed that immunizations can lead to the developmental disorder. Among those with children under the age of 18, the number was 33 percent. Meanwhile, concerns about vaccination rates are running high, with a recent outbreak of mumps in Ohio and a rise in measles cases in California and New York.

Sesame Street to focus on autism (Disability Scoop)
The nonprofit Sesame Workshop is launching a new effort to reduce stigma surrounding autism and help those with the developmental disability learn life skills. Through its “See Amazing in All Children” initiative, Sesame Workshop will create digital tools to help children with autism learn to play with others and complete everyday activities such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, and trying new foods. Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby helped light the Empire State Building blue on April 2 in honor of World Autism Awareness Day.

Inside the mind of a child with autism (The New York Times)
A new approach using animated characters to reach children with autism has been proposed by researchers at M.I.T., Yale, and the University of Cambridge. The proposal calls for a 16-week trial with 68 children with autism, aged 4 to 6 years. Half the children would receive therapy using animated shows or movies they love as a framework to enhance social interaction, building crucial abilities such as making eye contact and joint play. The other half, the control group, would engage in free play, led by the child’s interest. The idea for the study comes from the father of an autistic child whose new book, “Life, Animated,” describes reaching his son through his fascination with animated Disney movies.

Photo project for people with autism offers insights into their worldviews (The Washington Post)
The InFocus Project, a program of Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) in Montgomery County, Md., provides a means for individuals with autism to express themselves in photographs. Participants in the program meet each week, and their favorite photos are sold on CSAAC’s website. The group met recently to photograph the cherry blossoms around Washington’s Tidal Basin. (The Washington Post)

Policy:
Rhode Island to become model for desegregating sheltered workshops (The Providence Journal)
The federal government and the government of Rhode Island have reached a settlement that will move people with disabilities out of segregated work settings and into typical jobs in the community at a competitive pay. The plan aims to gradually move Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities from meaningless tasks such as capping lotion bottles for $2.21 an hour to jobs matched with their interests and abilities.

Rehabilitation:
The wind on my legs’: Stimulator helps paralyzed men move again (NBC News)
An electrical stimulator has enabled four men with severe spinal cord injuries to move their legs again. The stimulator, originally developed by Medtronic to treat chronic pain, is a pacemaker-sized device implanted under the skin of the abdomen, connecting to electrodes placed near the spinal cord. When turned on, it delivers a low pulse of electricity. None of the men can walk again, but researchers believe the stimulator is retraining the damaged nerves in their spinal columns to communicate once again with the brain. One of the men recounts how the therapy has enabled him to exercise to reverse a gradual wasting of muscles and how he can now feel soft and hard touch and the wind on his legs. Short videos demonstrating the stimulator in action are included.

Research:
New research shows hearing loss affects personality in the elderly (Hearing Review)
New research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that hearing loss can amplify a tendency to become less outgoing in older people. A study of 400 individuals aged 80 to 98 years over a six-year period included a biannual assessment of their physical and mental measures as well as personality aspects, such as outgoingness and emotional stability. The only factor researchers were able to link to reduced outgoingness in participants was hearing loss. The study results point to the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss among the elderly.

Researchers use Google Glass to help Parkinson’s sufferers (gizmag)
Researchers at Newcastle University in the U.K. have investigated how Goggle Glass can be used to assist people with Parkinson’s disease. The project makes use of five headsets donated by Google to the university. The researchers worked with volunteers with Parkinson’s, tailoring the functionality of apps they developed to suit the real-life needs of the patients, such as providing personal reminders for appointment times and medication schedules. In addition, the technology provides discreet prompts to remind users to speak loudly or to move following “freezing,” a common Parkinson’s side effect. The article includes a video demonstrating the technology.

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¡NARIC va ha exponer en el Expo Mundo de Posibilidades: Discapacidades, Envejecimiento Saludable, y Vida Independiente este sábado, 12 de abril!

NARIC estará presente en el Expo Mundo de Posibilidades: Discapacidades, Envejecimiento Saludable, y Vida Independiente el sábado, 12 de abril, 2014, de 11:00 am a las 4 pm en el Hilton Washington DC/Rockville presentado por Caring Communities, Inc. ¡Ven a visitarnos!

El Expo incluirá las siguientes características:

GRATIS REPARACIÓN DE SILLA DE RUEDAS
Equipo médico duradero
Dispositivos Assistivos y de Adaptación
Software de Computadora
Materiales Didáticos
Productos de Movilidad
Instrumentos de Aprendizaje Adaptativos
Recursos de Leyes de Discapacidad y Personas Mayores
Recursos de Recreación/Viajes
Bicicletas Adaptadas/Equipo de Ejercicio Adaptado
Productos de Cuidado Personal
Dispositivos de Comunicación
Productos para las Personas con Discapacidades Visuales/de Audición y/o Sordas
Agencias y Grupos de Apoyo Locales
Demostraciones de Productos
Asistentes de Cuidado Personal
Baratijas y Extravaganza de Tesoros
Parqueo GRATIS

El Expo Mundo de Posibilidades está aumentando en popularidad y ahora es el foro más importante de la Región para los recursos relacionados a la discapacidad. Todos dentro de la comunidad de discapacidades y la comunidad mayor, niños con discapacidades y sus familias, proveedores de atención/servicios, veteranos, baby-boomers deben estar allí!

Obtenga un solo pase gratis en: http://expo.caringcommunities.org/images/WP_Expo_Pass_Timo_14.jpg

Pases gratuitos múltiples están disponibles en: http://expo.caringcommunities.org/images/WPExpoPass_Rock14_4up_clr.jpg

¿Tiene alguna pregunta o necesita recursos relacionados con la discapacidad y/o rehabilitación? ¡Póngase en contacto con nosotros antes del Expo Mundo de Posibilidades y nuestros especialistas de información responderán rapidamente a sus preguntas y/o buscarán los recursos adecuados! Envíe un correo electrónico a naricinfo@heitechservices.com, llamenos al 800/346-2742, o a través de nuestro sitio web www.naric.com!

Echa un vistazo a algunos de los recursos que vamos a traer con nosotros en http://ow.ly/vEEN4.

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NARIC Exhibiting at the World of Possibilities disAbilities, Healthy Aging, and Independent Living Expo this Saturday, April 12th!

NARIC will be exhibiting at the World of Possibilities disAbilities, Healthy Aging, and Independent Living Expo on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville presented by Caring Communities, Inc. Come visit us!

Features at the Expo will include:

  •  FREE WHEELCHAIR REPAIR
  •  Durable Medical Equipment
  •  Assistive and Adaptive Devices
  •  Computer Software
  •  Instructional Materials
  •  Mobility Products
  •  Adaptive Learning Tools
  •  Disability and Elder Law Resources
  •  Recreation/Travel Resources
  •  Adapted Bikes/Adapted Exercise Equipment
  •  Personal Care Products
  •  Communication Devices
  •  Products for the Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals
  •  Local Agencies and Support Groups
  •  Product Demonstrations
  •  Personal Care Attendants
  •  Trinkets & Treasures Extravaganza
  •  FREE Parking

The World of Possibilities Expo is increasing in popularity and is now the Region’s most important forum for disability-related resources. Everyone within the disabilities and senior community, children with disabilities and their families, caregivers/service providers, veterans, baby-boomers should all be there!

Obtain a single FREE pass at: http://expo.caringcommunities.org/images/WP_Expo_Pass_Timo_14.jpg

Multiple FREE passes are available at: http://expo.caringcommunities.org/images/WPExpoPass_Rock14_4up_clr.jpg

Have a question or need resources related to disability and/or rehabilitation? Contact us in advance of the World of Possibilities Expo and our information specialists will get busy on answering your questions and/or finding the right resources! Contact us at naricinfo@heitechservices.com, by phone at 800/346-2742, or through our website www.naric.com!

Check out some of the resources we will be bringing with us at http://ow.ly/vEEN4.

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Workshop 4/23: Effective Use of Social Media

The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research will host an interactive workshop barriers and supports for research use with a focus on effective use of social media, April 23rd from 1 to 4pm in Alexandria, VA. The workshop is designed for grantees of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and NIDRR/RSA staff members; however, if room is available, others may participate. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited to 25 participants.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:00 – 4:30 PM

WHERE: Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

WHY: The workshop presents ideas and strategies for using social media to reach audiences interested in the employment of people with disabilities. Barriers and how to address them are also discussed.

Register Online: http://survey.sedl.org/efm/wsb.dll/s/1g190

FORMAT: This interactive workshop will present ideas about the use of social media for a variety of audiences, how to measure its effectiveness, strategies for creating accessible social media tools, and experiences of grantees from other agencies in the use of social media. KTER Center staff will share findings from our research with consumers and other stakeholders on their use of social media, and plans to measure the effectiveness of social media as a knowledge translation strategy. Participants should bring their ideas, problems, and any questions about using social media to reach consumers and other audiences. KTER staff will work with participants to address these issues and to initiate technical assistance plans to resolve their concerns.

Questions? Please contact tracy.bauman@sedl.org or call 800-266-1832.

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Don’t Panic! – Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Today’s National Public Health Week (#NPHW) theme is “Don’t Panic” and focuses on emergency preparedness for natural or man-made disasters. Here are a few resources from the REHABDATA collection on emergency preparedness (193): http://tinyurl.com/kk7tqd9. Here are resources that are specifically funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (95): http://tinyurl.com/krwe9ly. Finally, here are all the resources we have that are NIDRR funded and available for FREE related to emergency preparedness (56): http://tinyurl.com/mot2yom.

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National Public Health Week: Promoting the health of people with disabilities

April 7th through 13th, 2014 is National Public Health Week (NPHW). In 1995, President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as NPHW and the American Public Health Association (APHA) has served as the leading organizer for members of the public health community to observe, celebrate, and educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about the importance of public health. This year #NPHW focuses on daily themes:

Monday: Be healthy from the start
Tuesday: Don’t Panic!
Wednesday: Get out ahead
Thursday: Eat Well
Friday: Be the healthiest nation in one generation

People with disabilities are more likely to experience health disparities—differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of disease and other adverse health conditions. Healthy People 2020, an initiative under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes a section on Disability and Health. Within this section, four focus areas address systems and policies, barriers to health care, environment, and activities and participation; and include over 20 objectives. Examples of areas of health disparity in people with disabilities include: smoking, cost and/or physical barriers to access of care, female/reproductive health (i.e.., mammograms and other cancer screenings), obesity, oral health, and physical activity (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/healthstatus.html).

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) focuses on advancing health promotion and wellness initiatives for children and adults with disabilities through advocacy, education, public awareness, and research efforts at the federal, state, and community levels. The AAHD has a Health Promotion Resource Center that focuses on over 30 abstract and best practices topics including: Health Education, Health Promotion, Social Determinants of Health, Access to Health Care, Obesity, and Nutrition.

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