Disability Research News

For People with Mobility Disabilities, High-Quality Mobility Devices May Be Key for Community Involvement and Independence

Post date: 02/16/2018

Researchers at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes surveyed 250 people ages between 18-85 years old as a part of a larger study. The researchers found that, in general, the participants who used walking aids rated their devices as more reliable and easier to maintain or repair than the participants who used wheeled mobility devices. 

Release of the 2017 Annual Disability Statistics

Post date: 02/13/2018
disability data news

The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier.

New Version of the KTER Center's Employment Research Database

Post date: 01/24/2018

The NIDILRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) has released the newest version of the Employment Research Database, which features research related to the employment of people with disabilities.

Investigating the Efficacy of Web-Based Transfer Training on Independent Wheelchair Transfers Through Randomized Controlled Trials

Post date: 01/18/2018

To determine the efficacy of a web-based transfer training module at improving transfer technique across 3 groups: web-based training, in-person training (current standard of practice), and a waitlist control group (WLCG); and secondarily, to determine subject factors that can be used to predict improvements in transfer ability after training.

Your Action Planning Guide for Promoting Full Community Participation Among People with Disabilities

Post date: 01/09/2018

The purpose of this Action Planning Guide is to support the community's efforts to plan for enhancing community participation among people with disabilities. We hope this guide will be useful to anyone interested in bringing about community change and improvement, but it may be particularly helpful for staff of Centers for Independent Living and other community-based organizations who will operate as facilitators of these processes.

Developing Affordable and Accessible Community-Based Housing for Vulnerable Adults: Proceedings of a Workshop

Post date: 01/03/2018

Accessible and affordable housing can enable community living, maximize independence, and promote health for vulnerable populations. However, the United States faces a shortage of affordable and accessible housing for vulnerable low-income older adults and individuals living with disabilities. This shortage is expected to grow over the coming years given the population shifts leading to greater numbers of older adults and of individuals living with disabilities.

People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy

Post date: 12/15/2017

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently published a summary, People Living with Disabilities: Health Equity, Health...

Factsheet: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After Burn Injury

Post date: 12/13/2017

Mental and physical reactions are common after a traumatic event, like a burn injury. For some people, reactions may last more than 1 month and lead to PTSD. Reactions that occur sooner are called acute stress disorder. Symptoms of PTSD and acute stress disorder are a common response to a burn injury. Think of it as a way for the brain to let the body know it needs to stay safe—these symptoms can actually protect us. Symptoms can develop after witnessing a traumatic event (e.g., as a bystander or first responder) or by learning of a bad injury involving a loved one.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.