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An e-bulletin from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 10   |   June 2019


KTER Center's State of the Science: September 4–6, Portland, Maine

Join the Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center and invited guests at KTER's State of the Science (SoS) Conference on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research. The SoS is a track of presentations focused on the knowledge translation of disability employment research that the KTER Center organized. The KTER track is embedded in the Summit Conference 2019. Participants in the Summit Conference are welcome to participate in all KTER SoS presentations. We will record and archive the SoS sessions.

Highlights include a keynote luncheon presentation by Dr. Maureen Dobbins, McMaster University, on knowledge brokering. Participants also will hear the latest findings from the KTER Center's own studies on knowledge brokering in vocational rehabilitation (VR) contexts, with a focus on promoting the use of research that can catalyze the employment outcomes of adults with autism and transition-age youth with disabilities in VR settings. A workshop on the Knowledge to Action framework (Graham et al., 2006) will allow participants to practice applying this framework to developing KT activities appropriate for the VR context. In addition, other National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)-funded projects will share their cutting-edge research on employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

For more information, contact Joann Starks.

Amber Brown

Intern Spotlight

The KTER Center is pleased to welcome our summer intern, Amber Brown! Amber received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and psychology from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently working on her doctorate in special education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has an interest in postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities and the influence of social-emotional and cultural factors on self-determination. Amber will be helping to analyze data from KTER's knowledge brokering study, and will review articles for the scoping review we are doing on studies of vocational rehabilitation agencies' outreach to business. When Amber is not doing research, she enjoys traveling, playing video games, and dancing.

KTER Conference Connections

As part of its Conference Connections activity, the KTER Center seeks to promote networking among NIDILRR's employment portfolio grantees at the conferences they attend. Following are upcoming and recent conferences that may be of interest to our KTER Today readers.

RehabWeek 2019/RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) Annual Conference

Dates: June 24–28, 2019

Location: Toronto, Canada

Registration: https://www.resna.org/conference

  • Do coworker interactions impact workplace participation of people with disabilities?
    Poster presented by Karen Milchus, coauthors Harshal Mahajan, Fran Harris, Maureen Linden, Nathan Moon, Jon Sanford
  • New crowd-sourced tools to inform workplace accommodation decisions
    Poster presented by Karen Milchus, coauthor C. Phillips
  • Going to RESNA but can't attend these presentations? Check them out instead at the Developers Showcase.

2019 National ADA Symposium
Dates: June 16–19, 2019
Location: Grapevine, Texas
Registration: http://www.adasymposium.org

2019 Disability:IN Annual Conference and Expo
Dates: July 15–18, 2019
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: https://conference.disabilityin.org/2019/registration/

2019 Vocational Rehabilitation Summit with embedded track for KTER State of the Science
Dates: September 4–6, 2019
Location: Portland, Maine, Holiday Inn by the Bay
Conference site: https://peqatac.org/summit-conference/

2019 Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Dates: October 26–30, 2019
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Registration: https://uacurrents.org/RegistrationSystem/Register?m=1wz

2019 The National Council on Rehabilitation Education
Dates: October 31–November 2, 2019
Location: Arlington, Virginia, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Registration: Opens in mid-July 2019

KTER Webcast Archives Now Available

Tune in to hear James Krause discuss the NIDILRR-funded A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being After Spinal Cord Injury project in the webcast that originally aired on March 26. NIDILRR funds this project under its opportunities for "Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice." In this 30-minute webcast, Dr. Krause describes the approach his project takes to promote authentic consumer involvement in all project activities.

View the archive


On May 21, we hosted NIDILRR-funded Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Return on Investment project. In this 1-hour webcast, Joe Ashley, Robert Schmidt, Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, and Kirsten Rowe were interviewed by Rick Sizemore on the importance of gaining commitments from researchers and VR agency staff to create an economic model reflective of the VR program, providing multiple avenues for stakeholder engagement with feedback opportunities and focusing on knowledge translation from the beginning of the project.

KTER developed this presentation as part of its ongoing series of webcasts designed to respond to grantees' technical assistance needs. It exemplifies one example of a project NIDILRR itself has highlighted as achieving notable outcomes.

View the archive


Knowledge Translation Casebook
(From the Center on KTDRR)

Do you have an innovative knowledge translation (KT) strategy that shows measurable results? Share the success behind your strategy with fellow NIDILRR grantees in the 7th edition of the KT Casebook. A product of AIR's Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Center on KTDRR), the KT Casebook highlights what NIDILRR grantees, including those in the employment portfolio, are doing in the KT area. Its goals include:

  • learning from each other's experiences;
  • making connections with other grantees that may facilitate and expand our KT actions;
  • gaining new ideas about KT strategies being used by other grantees;
  • identifying KT examples that have focused on stakeholder or target audiences of interest; and
  • expanding awareness of KT accomplishments being made by NIDILRR grantees.

Examples in the most recent KT Casebook from employment portfolio projects include:

  • Evaluating Effectiveness of Achieve My Plan Plus (AMP+) Workforce Intervention in Training Peer Support Providers, from the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures;
  • National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE): Learning from Experience, from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement; and
  • Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST), from the Translating Evidence to Support Transitions project.

NIDILRR grantees who wish to submit an entry for the 7th edition of the KT Casebook should e-mail Tracy Bauman for information about how to develop an entry.

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The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant number 90DP0077 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.