News and Notes from the NIDRR Community and Beyond is on a temporary hiatus and, believe it or not, we miss putting it together for you! To keep it fresh in our minds, along with all the amazing work underway at the 250+ NIDRR projects across the US, we’ve gathered some “clips” from our 85 issues. These were the top items based on your click-throughs!
- More than 45,000 readers read A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) offers A Practical Guide for People with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Work (PDF). This illustrated guide offers encouragement and vital information on the importance of work, the availability of rehabilitation programs, the ins-and-outs of work incentives, challenges of starting a new job, and more. The guide is designed for those with mental health conditions to use on their own or as part of a return-to-work group in a community mental health center, psychiatric rehabilitation program, or peer-run agency. A facilitator’s manual is also available (PDF).
- More than 38,000 readers downloaded Cents and Sensibility – A Guide to Money Management for People with Disabilities
The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) and Widener University developed Cents and Sensibility, a guide to money management specifically designed for people with disabilities. The guide covers the basics of personal finance, banking, and credit. The guide was highlighted in a recent Philadelphia Enquirer article. Cents and Sensibility may be downloaded free of charge (PDF) from PATF.
- Over 6,500 readers wanted to know more about the Two-Day Webinar on Aging and Disability
May 17th & 18th, the Administration for Community Living, the National Institute on Aging, NIDRR, and the Interagency Committee on Disability Research present Aging with a Disability: Demographic, Social, and Policy Considerations, a meeting of research, policy, and practice leaders to focus on the nation’s challenge in meeting the needs of the growing numbers of Americans who are aging with disability. The free, two-day webinar features presentations examining the demographics, health, economic, and life course characteristics of persons aging with long-term disabilities and their access to and needs for health and social support services. A summary of proceedings is available (DOC).
- More than 3,000 readers learned about Includification
The AbleGamers Foundation has released Includification: A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility (PDF), a 48-page, full color guide to building accessible games for everything from mobile devices to gaming consoles. The guide is divided into sections for universal design, and mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities. It includes consumer quotes and extensive statistics to support universal design for gaming. The guide is available free to download from includification.com.
- Over 1,600 readers learned about the 2011 Disability Compendium
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) has released the 2011 Disability Compendium, a statistical report drawing from data sources on disability. Project Director Dr. Andrew Houtenville presented a related webcast “Who Counts? Latest Disability Statistics from Federal Surveys and Resources” through the Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research’s Community of Practice. Registration is now open for the release of the next Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics in December!
- More than 1,400 readers opened up the ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network, including the 10 ADA Regional Centers and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, has released The ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook. The handbook, created by Jacquie Brennan of the Southwest ADA Center, is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability law. The handbook is also available in a printer-friendly PDF version.
- Over 1,000 readers learned about Self-Determination and Aging
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Lifespan Health and Function authored Self-Determination and Aging (PDF), the latest issue in Research to Practice Brief published by the National Gateway to Self-Determination. This edition addresses the importance of hearing the voices of adults aging with developmental disabilities, and providing them with the right supports and opportunities to age well and to live self-determined lives.
- Over 1,000 subscribers wanted more information on Dietary Guidelines for People with SCI
The NIDRR-funded Rehab Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury has developed a new factsheet covering the dietary needs of people with SCI. While good nutrition is important for all, nutritional health can affect the bowel, bladder, and skin of individuals with SCI. This 4-page factsheet includes guidelines and suggestions for how to increase intake of healthy foods and balance calories. Download it (PDF) and let them know what you think!
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