Disability Research News

Wireless intraoral tongue control of an assistive robotic arm for individuals with tetraplegia

Post date: 12/08/2017

For an individual with tetraplegia assistive robotic arms provide a potentially invaluable opportunity for rehabilitation. However, there is a lack of available control methods to allow these individuals to fully control the assistive arms.

State of the Science: Advances at the Intersection of Aging & Disability

Post date: 11/22/2017

In October, 2017 the Healthy Aging RRTC gathered a group of researchers to present a 3-day webinar series on the state of the science in aging and disability, hosted by the National Council on Aging. You can listen and view the presentations here:

High Parental Expectations and Early Supports May Improve Employment Prospects for Youth with Deaf-Blindness

Post date: 11/15/2017

About 10,000 infants, children, and youth in the United States are considered “deaf-blind.” Deaf-blindness is an uncommon and complex disability. People who are deaf-blind have both visual and hearing impairments that are significant enough to require special supports beyond those used by people who are blind or deaf only. Some people with deaf-blindness also have other disabilities which may impact their physical or mental health, or their ability to communicate as well as increase their need for specialized supports.

Accessibility, Usability, and Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices

Post date: 11/01/2017

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) (90RE5025) has published a brief, Accessibility, Usability,...

Performance Management for State VR Agencies Serving Transition-Aged Youth

Post date: 10/25/2017

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults (90RT5034) has released a new research brief, ...

Electrical Stimulation May Help Reduce Nerve Pain for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Post date: 10/18/2017

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord, usually from an accident or other trauma. Nearly half of people with SCI experience recurring nerve pain in areas below their injury. This pain may not go away, even with medications. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a procedure that may reduce nerve pain in people with SCI by “resetting” brain areas that react to pain. In tDCS, a weak electrical current is applied to the scalp using two electrodes on opposite sides of the head.

nTIDE September 2017 Jobs Report: Economic Recovery Extends to 18 Months for Americans with Disabilities

Post date: 10/10/2017
disability data news

Americans with disabilities continue to close in on pre-recession employment levels with yet another month of strong job numbers, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). This extends the record trend to 18 consecutive months for this population.

RRTC on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities State of the Science Conference

Post date: 08/30/2017

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities will host a State of the Science Conference...

Aging, Disability, and the ADA

Post date: 08/30/2017

The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center has released two one-minute videos on Aging, Disability, and the ADA.

Ticket To Work Blog Highlights AT in the Workplace

Post date: 08/23/2017

The NIDILRR-funded AbleData project has published Using assistive technology in the workplace, a guest article for the Social Security Administration's...

Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults

Post date: 08/23/2017
disability data news

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have published a report, Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for...

Interagency TBI Conference Call for Symposia, Scientific Papers, and Posters

Post date: 08/23/2017

The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, continues its open call for symposia, as well as scientific papers and posters for the fourth...

Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities

Post date: 08/16/2017

The NIDILRR-funded Mid-Atlantic ADA Regional Center will host a webinar, Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities, August 23rd, 2-3:30pm ET.

A Guided Career Planning Program May Help Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges Achieve Their Goals

Post date: 07/26/2017
disability data news

For young adults with mental health challenges, the right career planning program may help put them on the path to achieving their life goals, this week's Research In Focus finds.

New Research Briefs from the RRTC on Advancing Employment for Individuals with IDD

Post date: 07/26/2017
disability data news

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) has published two new research briefs on findings from the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey of 2012-2013.

AAC Study Highlighted on WKRC

Post date: 07/26/2017
disability data news

The NIDILRR-funded project on Improving Outcomes Using Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing was featured in...

2017 Facts and Figures Factsheets for SCI, TBI, and Burn Injury

Post date: 07/19/2017

The NIDILRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has published the 2017 factsheets for spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and burn injury, produced with the NIDILRR-funded Model Systems data centers.

Meeting Employer Demand in a Job-Driven Economy: Diversity, Inclusion, and VR's Evolving Role

Post date: 07/19/2017

The NIDILRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) will co-host a national conference,...

Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy

Post date: 07/12/2017

The NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures: Building Self-Determination and Community Living and Participation has developed a new policy guide, Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth...

Interagency TBI Conference Call for Symposia, Scientific Papers, and Posters

Post date: 07/12/2017

The Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), co-sponsored by NIDILRR, has announced an open call for symposia, as well as scientific papers and posters for the fourth...

Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26

Post date: 07/12/2017
disability data news

The US Census Bureau has published a collection of resources, Facts for Features: Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26, which provides a demographic snapshot of...

ADA Anniversary Tool Kit

Post date: 06/28/2017

The NIDILRR-funded ADA National Network and its ten regional centers across the United States will lead celebrations of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout July, leading up to the ADA Anniversary (July 26th).