Get Your Summer Reading List in Shape with These Publications from the NIDILRR Community

If you are packing for a Summer vacation, you might be putting together a pile of books you’ve been meaning to get to. Maybe they’re light fiction, “beach reads,” or the latest mysteries. Or, if you’re like us, maybe they’re some of the latest books, journals, or reports from our colleagues in the NIDILRR community. NARIC collects thousands of publications such as books, curricula, research reports, full journal issues and individual journal articles, and magazines that the grantees publish each year. Here are a few examples you might want to add to your own reading list:

Books by NIDILRR-funded Authors

Grantees publish, edit, or contribute to many books each year. These can include textbooks, collections of essays, or consumer-oriented books. Follow the links to read the full REHABDATA abstract and learn where to order from the publisher.

Robotic assistive technologies: Principles and practice. (2017).
Author(s): Encarnação, PedroCook, Albert M. (Eds.).
Project Number: 90RE5019 (formerly H133E140054).
This book provides a comprehensive overview of all current uses of robots in rehabilitation. The underlying principles in each application are provided. This is followed by a critical review of the technology available, of the utilization protocols, and of user studies, outcomes, and clinical evidence, if existing. Read the full abstract in REHABDATA or order it from the publisher.

Acceptance of mental illness: Promoting recovery among culturally diverse groups. (2016).
Author(s): Mizock, LaurenRussinova, Zlatka.
Project Number: H133P070001.
This book focuses on how people with serious mental illnesses (i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression) come to recognize and cope with the symptoms of a mental illness in order to promote recovery. Per the recovery movement in mental health, recovery is understood as not simply symptom elimination, but the process of living a meaningful and satisfying life in the face of mental illness. Read the full abstract in REHABDATA or order it from the publisher.

eQuality: The struggle for web accessibility by persons with cognitive disabilities. (2014).
Author(s): Blanck, Peter.
Project Number: H133A011803H133A021801H133A060033H133A06009490DP0006 (formerly H133A090004)90DP0019 (formerly H133A110021).
This book examines the struggle for web accessibility and usability for people with cognitive disabilities. It contends that the rights of individuals with cognitive disabilities to equal access to web content are not only protected under law, but may also be implemented and supported by current user-based, semantic, and cloud technologies. Read the full abstract in REHABDATA or order it from the publisher.

Special Topic Journal Issues

Throughout the year, principal investigators and other grantee staff may serve as editors for a single issue of a journal centered on a specific topic. These issues are indexed in the NARIC collection as a single volume and as individual articles. We can provide copies of the individual articles through our document delivery service.

People with disabilities and community participation. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, Volume 45, Issue 2. (2017).
Author(s): White, Glen W.Summers, Jean A. (Eds.).
Project Number: 90RT5015 (formerly H133B110006).
This special journal issue addresses several important research and practice concerns related to opportunities for community participation for people with disabilities. Topics include: the effects of contingency contracts and performance feedback on completing data entries to self-monitor community participation of people with physical disabilities; a comparative analysis of center for independent living (CIL) staff and board of directors regarding CIL services and consumer participation; preventing health problems that disrupt community living among others. Read the full abstract in REHABDATA, browse abstracts of individual articles, or visit the issue online.

The spinal cord injury — quality of life measurement system: Development, psychometrics, and item bank calibration. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, Volume 38, Issue 3. (2015).
Author(s): Tulsky, David S.Kisala, Pamela A. (Eds.).
Project Number: 90SI5000 (formerly H133N110002)90SI5011 (formerly H133N110020).
Articles in this special journal issue describe the development and calibration of the item banks for the Spinal Cord Injury – Quality of Life (SCI-QOL) measurement system. Following an introductory overview of the SCI-QOL project, subsequent articles present one or more SCI-QOL item banks and review the included construct, item development/selection and reduction, item response theory analyses, calibration data, and short-form versions developed for each bank. All of the articles from this issue are available from the publisher free in full text.

Special issue: Working toward success: Current evidence on employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Volume 26, Issue 2. (2015).
Author(s): Ben-Shalom, YonatanWittenburg, David C. (Eds.).
Project Number: 90RT5013 (formerly H133B100030).
The articles in this journal issue provide an overview of the employment and economic well-being of people with disabilities and describe the implications of existing and proposed policies designed to improve the employment of this population. Topics include: employment and economic well-being of people with and without disabilities before and after the Great Recession, individual characteristics and the disability employment gap, wage and employment differentials between young adults with and without disabilities, among others. Read the full abstract in REHABDATA, browse through abstracts of individual articles, or visit the issue online.

Original Reports

One-third of NARIC’s collection is made up of what we call original reports or publications. These are often published directly by the grantee in PDF format or through their university’s print shop. Follow the link to read the full abstract and, if available, download a PDF copy.

2018 annual report on people with disabilities in America. (2019).
Author(s): Houtenville, A.Boege, S..
Project Number: 90RTGE0001.
This report presents statistics to address questions concerning the prevalence and relative health and economic status of people with disabilities. The goal of this report is to track the progress of people with disabilities using key social and economic indicators and make the call (for each indicator) as to whether an increase or decrease was detected. Read the full abstract in REHABDATA or download the report in full text from the project.

Driverless cars and accessibility: Designing the future of transportation for people with disabilities. (2019).
Author(s): Bayless, Steven H.Davidson, Sara.
Project Number: 90RT5026 (formerly H133B130034).
This report examines how the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles could improve the mobility options for people with disabilities. Whether those with disabilities can benefit from this transformation depends on how early and to what extent the vehicle manufacturers take accessibility into consideration in the design process of their vehicles. Read the full abstract in REHABDATA or download the report in full text from ITS America.

Focal point: Community integration: State of the science. (2018).
Author(s): Taylor, EmilyBrennan, Eileen (Eds.).
Project Number: 90RT5030 (formerly H133B140039).
This publication consists of several articles summarizing current research reflecting the state of the science – and highlighting work at the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) – focused on community integration for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. Topics include: peer support for youth and young adults, training for peer support providers, assessing youth/young adult voice in agency- and system-level advising, the importance of youth-run programs for behavioral health needs, social network enhancement for young people, building providers’ skills for working effectively with youth and young adults, and supporting family involvement. Along with the latest research findings from the field, the articles describe Pathways projects and results, as well as recommendations for future research. Download the publication or visit the web version.

Each month we add more than 300 items to the NARIC collection, including long-form publications like these. Sign up for our REHABDATA Connection Literature Awareness Service to receive monthly alerts about our latest acquisitions and keep your reading list fresh!

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