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

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 12   |   December 2019


Social Media Webcasts

Two of the NIDILRR-funded knowledge translation (KT) centers at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) and the Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center, are hosting a two-part webcast series, focused on social media, for National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) grantees.

The KTER Center will host “How Can Social Media Be Useful to You? (Or Is Your Learning Network Fit for Purpose?),” a webcast presented by Dr. Damien Roland, author of “Social Media, Health Policy, and Knowledge Translation.” He will explore the barriers and facilitators of using social media as a KT strategy. He also will discuss the limitations of using social media and opportunities to overcome them. Finally, Dr. Roland will explain how social media can be useful to researchers as a KT strategy when carefully planned and evaluated.

The following week, Michelle Stergio will hold a live webcast, Planning and Evaluating Your Social Media Strategy, on behalf of the Center on KTDRR. Ms. Stergio will present best practices on how to incorporate social media in your overall communications strategy and how to evaluate its performance. NIDILRR grantees with active social media accounts will join her and share how they plan and evaluate their social media strategies.

Social Media as a KT Strategy:
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Planning and Evaluating Your Social Media Strategy:
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Register Today!

KTER's Employment Outreach Team Meeting, December 12

Attention NIDILRR grantees working in the disability employment field: Interested in joining KTER’s Employment Outreach Team? The Employment Outreach Team consists of knowledge translation and research staff members representing NIDILRR’s employment outcomes grantees. Consumers with disabilities involved in these NIDILRR projects are also welcome to join.

Team members assist the KTER Center in developing products and planning for events. Our upcoming meeting will focus on 2020 Outreach Planning. We’ll strategize with fellow employment grantees about how we can combine outreach efforts for mutual benefit.

KTER awards a small honorarium to members as a token of our appreciation. We have welcomed past support from many NIDILRR employment projects, and we look forward to continued collaboration.

Please contact Ann Outlaw if you would like to join the next online meeting on December 12 (12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern).

January 14! KTER’s Next Webcast Highlighting NIDILRR’s Research-to-Practice Projects

Save the date for an upcoming webcast, Tools for Assessing Individualized Risk for Unintentional Injuries among those with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Many resources for people with SCI offer general information and suggestions designed to be helpful to anyone with SCI. What about when someone wants to find out something specific to his or her own situation?

In this webcast, Drs. Cao and Li demonstrate calculators that predict unintentional injury among those who have a spinal cord injury (SCI). These tools allow people with SCI to predict their own individual risk for unintentional injuries based on their demographic information, level of SCI, and behaviors like alcohol and drug use. Users can modify factors and see how their rates of injury can increase or decrease accordingly. These tools were developed by the project, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-being after Spinal Cord Injury.

This webcast is part of a KTER webcast series featuring National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) projects that promote the adoption of findings from previously funded NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects. The KTER Center works with these projects to share information about their knowledge translation plans and products with other NIDILRR grantees and interested researchers.

Date: January 14, 2020
Time: 3:00–3:45 p.m. Eastern

Register Today!

Save the Date: NARRTC’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference: April 2–3, 2020

Make plans to participate in the next annual meeting and conference of NARRTC, the national association of NIDILRR grantees. The theme of NARRTC’s 42nd annual conference is Telling Our Story: Past, Present, and Future. Learn about cutting-edge research and knowledge translation activities and take advantage of networking opportunities with NIDILRR staff as well as new and experienced NIDILRR grantees.

Conference registration is open (Please register by March 23, 2020.)

Reserve a sleeping room (Deadline is March 2, 2020.)

Date: April 2–3, 2020
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

For more information, visit the NARRTC website:

Save the Date:
Free Preconference Workshop: April 1, 2020

Learn about which strategies are best for sharing research information with state and national policymakers. “Outreach to Policymakers” is a face-to-face workshop co-sponsored by the Center on KTDRR, and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and NARRTC. This free pre-NARRTC conference workshop for grantees funded by NIDILRR takes place on Wednesday afternoon, April 1, 2020, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport hotel. Space allowing, we may invite non-NIDILRR-affiliated researchers.

Mark Bayer of Bayer Strategic Consulting will lead this all-new, interactive, in-person workshop presenting proven and research-based strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and in grantees’ home states. Restrictions on lobbying also will be addressed.

A few weeks before the workshop, registrants will be invited to participate in a preworkshop webcast to orient participants to the event and to address specific questions about meeting with policymakers. Webcast details will be sent to workshop registrants.

Date and time: April 1, 2020, 12:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
12:00–12:30 p.m. (registration and refreshments)
12:30–4:30 p.m. (interactive workshop)

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport
1300 Richmond Highway (formerly Jefferson Davis Highway)
Arlington, VA 22202)
Phone: 703-979-9799
Rooms are $251/night, and a free shuttle is available that stops at the Ritz-Carlton hotel/Pentagon City Metro.

Register here:

KTER Conference Connection

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. The following are upcoming and recent conferences that may be of interest to our KTER Today readers and where they can connect with other grantees in the employment portfolio.

2020 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release
February 11, 2020
Location: Holiday Inn Washington – Capitol, Washington, DC
Registration: https://disabilitycompendium.org/event (Watch for updates.)

INS 2020 International Neuropsychological Society
February 5–8, 2020
Location: Denver, Colorado
Registration: https://www.the-ins.org/ins-events/
Dr. Helen M. Genova of the Kessler Foundation, principal investigator of the NIDILRR-funded field-initiated project, (FIP), “Using Virtual Reality to Improve Job Reentry in Adults with TBI” will attend and be presenting.

  • Connectivity Predicts Emotion Recognition and Community Integration after Traumatic Brain Injury
    Presented by Helen M. Genova et al. (part of a symposium organized by Dr. Skye McDonald on Social Cognition in Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Effectiveness of a Virtual Reality Job Interview Tool in Adolescents with Autism in a School Setting
    Presented by Helen M. Genova et al.
    Stay up-to-date on the program here:

2020 NARRTC’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Conference
April 2–3, 2020
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Virginia
Registration: https://narrtc.org/ (See details above.)

2020 The National Council on Rehabilitation Education
April 6–8, 2020
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, California
Registration: https://ncre.org/spring-2020-conference/

2020 National ADA Symposium
May 10–13, 2020
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Registration: http://www.adasymposium.org (Registration opens January 8, 2020.)

2020 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo
July 13–16, 2020
Location: Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida
Registration: https://conference.disabilityin.org/2019/ (Watch for details.)

Message from the Director

This KTER Today marks the last issue of 2019. As we look back on the calendar year, with Thanksgiving just barely in our rearview mirrors, we are grateful to our funder, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for supporting our initiatives. We couldn’t have done it without the many NIDILRR grantees with whom we have collaborated in our conferences, webcasts, technical working groups, and employment resource outreach team.

The center’s State of the Science (SoS), held in Portland, Maine, was a particular highlight. The SoS track was embedded in the 12th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence, sponsored by the Summit Group and Navigators. A full SoS archive will be announced in early 2020.

Don’t forget we are here for you as, along with the KTER Center, you make your plans for 2020 and beyond. Check out our KT Toolbox as a starting point: https://kter.org/knowledge-translation-toolbox.

And let us know what you’d like us to highlight for you in future issues of this quarterly e-newsletter, KTER Today.

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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.