Disability Research News

Combined Electroconvulsive Therapy and Venlafaxine a Well-Tolerated Depression Treatment for Older Adults

Post date: 03/23/2020

The use of right unilateral ultrabrief pulse (RUL-UB) electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in combination with the antidepressant venlafaxine to treat depression in elderly patients is well tolerated and results in minimal neurocognitive side effects, according to a new NIH-funded study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Large-Scale Genetics Study Sheds Light on Developmental Origins of Autism

Post date: 03/23/2020

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that encompasses a range of symptoms. Scientific evidence suggests that there are likely many factors that contribute to the disorder – certain genetic variations have been associated with ASD, but the way these variations shape the development and function of the brain remains unclear.

The Startling Inequality Gap that Emerges After Age 65

Post date: 03/23/2020

In an era when “deaths of despair” — from substance abuse and suicide — are on the rise among middle-aged Americans, those who reach age 65 are living longer than ever. But there’s a catch: Seniors in urban areas and on the coasts are surviving longer than their counterparts in rural areas and the nation’s interior, according to an analysis from Samuel Preston of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s leading demographers.

ACL Launches Health IT Prize Competition

Post date: 03/23/2020
funding announcement

ACL will award prizes totaling $500,000 to generate IT solutions to support integration of health care and human services.

Switzer Research Fellowships Program Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/19/2020
funding announcement

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/19/2020
funding announcement

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Rehabilitation Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/19/2020
funding announcement

Field Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) -Research Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/19/2020
funding announcement

Field Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) - Development Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/19/2020
funding announcement

Notice to Announce Request for Information to Assist in the Development of a New Strategic Plan for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, for 2022-2026

Post date: 02/10/2020

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is establishing a new Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 to help guide the research it supports over the next five years.

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/10/2020
funding announcement

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Health and Function (Research) Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/10/2020
funding announcement

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Health and Function (Development) Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/10/2020
funding announcement

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Community Living and Participation (Research) Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/10/2020
funding announcement

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Community Living and Participation (Development) Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/10/2020
funding announcement

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Individual Mobility and Manipulation Synopsis 1

Post date: 02/10/2020
funding announcement

2020 LiveWell RERC App Factory application development awards announced!

Post date: 02/10/2020

The LiveWell RERC is pleased to announce the funding of 5 new assistive technology apps slated for development and release in 2020 as part of our App Factory development project.

Request for Information (RFI) for the Inclusive Design Challenge

Post date: 01/21/2020

The Department of Transportation is seeking input on a ...

nTIDE December 2019 Jobs Report: End of year gains minimal for people with disabilities

Post date: 01/10/2020

Job gains were minimal for Americans with disabilities at the close of 2019, 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).

Urban and Rural Residents with Disabilities May Need Different Supports to Stay Socially Connected to Their Communities

Post date: 01/08/2020

In a recent NIDILRR-funded study, researchers asked working-age adults with disabilities about their experiences of social involvement and feelings of isolation. The researchers wanted to find out how factors such as the number of disabilities, living arrangements, and employment were related to social involvement and perceived isolation. They also wanted to find out if these relationships were different for people living in rural vs. urban parts of the country.

Work Experience, Education, and Support from Family May Increase VR Success, but Some Challenges May Get in the Way

Post date: 12/20/2019

Researchers at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center: Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities looked at data from 932 people with disabilities who applied for VR services in Ohio in 2014.

Older Adults Share What Helps Them Trust a Home Care Provider

Post date: 12/05/2019

Researchers at the Rehabilitation and Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability interviewed 24 older adults who received at least 4 days of caregiving each week. Half of the participants lived in independent living facilities, such as senior living communities, and had hired individual care providers, while the other half lived in assisted living facilities that normally provided supportive services.

Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches

Post date: 11/28/2019

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a new NCCIH Clinical Digest for Health Professionals on ...

FY 2019 New Grantee Information Now Available

Post date: 11/19/2019

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL has funded 64 new projects in fiscal year 2019, ranging from six-months long Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects building new technology to five-year centers conducting research and...

Healthy Lifestyles May be Linked with Longer Life Expectancy for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Post date: 11/06/2019

Researchers from a project Risk of Early Mortality After Spinal Cord Injury looked at 2,979 adults with SCI who were treated at a large city hospital. All of these individuals had SCI for at least a year before filling out a self-report assessment about their health and lifestyles. The individuals answered questions about their injury severity; current age and age at injury; race/ethnicity; gender; and whether they were underweight, about normal weight, or overweight for their height.