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

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 14   |   June 2020


June 23 Webinar on the Knowledge Translation
Planning Template Companion Tool

Join the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER Center) for an upcoming webinar, Moving from a Dissemination Plan to Articulated Description: The Knowledge Translation Planning Template Companion Tool. In this webinar, Dr. Melanie Barwick will summarize the core components of the KT Planning Template and introduce the KT Companion Tool. This tool guides users in articulating their KT plan in research proposals.

Date: June 23, 2020

Time: 3:00–4:00 pm Eastern Time

Register: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5634983/Registration-KTER-KT-Planning-Template-Companion-Tool

More Information: https://kter.org/resources/webcast-moving-dissemination-plan-articulated-description-knowledge-translation-planning

KTER Center Scoping Reviews: Webcasts Now Available

The KTER Center recently developed two scoping reviews. One summarizes research related to preemployment transition services for students with disabilities, and the other focuses on research about job-related social communication skills of adults with autism spectrum disorders. The findings these reviews present can inform vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to help clients succeed in getting jobs and keeping them. Tune in to these short, on-demand webcasts to hear the scoping reviews’ findings, methods, and implications for practice.

Training Opportunity for
Members of the National Employment Team

Business Outreach Training - Module 1: Recognizing the Importance of Business Relationships. presented by The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER), housed at the American Institutes for Research.

The KTER Center highly values its partnership with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR). Working with CSAVR’s Kathy West-Evans, and in collaboration with Linda Hedenblad of the VR Development Group, the KTER Center has developed four 15-minute modules designed expressly for members of CSAVR’s National Employment Team (NET).

The modules cover topics such as how businesses operate, effective outreach and communication strategies, and best practices for working with businesses. The training content draws on findings from the KTER Center’s scoping review on studies of VR agencies’ outreach to business. It combines that research with the practitioner lens that West-Evans and Hedenblad bring. West-Evans leads the NET, and Hedenblad’s firm, VR Development Group, specializes in training and consulting for VR counselors.

Are you a NET member? Interested?

Please contact the center at kter@air.org to request more information.

Timely Topics: COVID-19 Disability Employment Resources

In the past, KTER Today has included a section in each issue called “Conference Connections.” Designed to promote awareness of National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) employment grantee outreach efforts, it listed recent and upcoming conferences and publications. During the pandemic, where many conference plans are cancelled or tentative, we are taking a new approach with a rebranded series titled “Timely Topics.”

In this issue, this section of KTER Today will instead focus on sharing resources that grantees have developed or identified as useful that address disability employment-related needs related to COVID-19. We will continue to use this space to respond to pressing informational needs. We welcome your suggestions regarding how to promote NIDILRR-funded resources that support the employment needs of the disability community, taken broadly. Please contact kter@air.org if you have ideas for topics on which you would like the KTER Center to focus this section for the next quarterly issue.

From the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (Transitions ACR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School:
COVID-19 Resources for Youth and Young Adults
Tip sheet on working from home
Google Sheet with a compilation of resources, including a section on working/employment

From the National Disability Institute (NDI):
Financial Resilience Center,
with a section devoted to employment/unemployment

From the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center
Update and Links to Coronavirus Information, including a guide to getting unemployment benefits and a plain-language Occupational Safety and Health Administration health and safety training for COVID

From the Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC:Rural)
RTC:Rural is collecting real stories from real people in rural places who are impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Share your COVID-19 story.
Using the geography of disability to recognize people with disabilities in the pandemic, the state of facilities in rural communities, and more.

A factsheet, How Will the COVID-19 Recession Impact People with Disabilities in Rural America?, looks at the potential for serious impact in this vulnerable community. Project Director Lillie Greiman joined Public News Service to discuss challenges that rural Montanans with disabilities face from home to hospital.

From the National Federation of the Blind Archived webinar titled “Accessibility and keeping employees and students connected from home”: https://accessibilityswitchboard.org/connected For general resources, see https://www.nfb.org/resources/covid-19-resources.

From Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities: https://gatfl.gatech.edu/tflwiki/index.php?title=COVID-19_Resources_for_People_with_Disabilities

  • Accommodation Problems and Solutions Associated with Telework
  • Accommodation Problems and Solutions for Reopening with COVID-19

These documents are still being developed, with the help of crowdsourcing. The team encourages feedback and invites people to participate in several upcoming brainstorming sessions.

Teleworking Software Accessibility Matrix: We are developing a matrix of teleworking software accessibility features. We will post details once it is completed. Meanwhile, please consider posting a review of the software combinations that you are using at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5519417/Welcome-Conferencing-Collaborative-Software

From Tools for Life (TFL), Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program
TFL COVID-19 Webinar Series:

  • Communication Options When Hospitalized
  • Solutions for Living, Learning, Working, and Playing
  • Tips and Resources for Successfully Managing Mental Health
  • Strategies to Improve Your Executive Functioning

From the KTER Center
In this podcast, “The Economics of the Coronavirus for People With Disabilities,” Michelle Yin, an AIR economist who focuses her research on people with disabilities and the labor market, provides insight into how the virus is affecting people with disabilities:

KT Casebook Opportunity

KT Casebook - 7th Edition

Does your project with NIDILRR have an interesting KT story to tell? We want to hear it.

Sign up by June 30, 2020, to be included in the 8th edition of the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s (Center on KTDRR’s) KT Casebook.

The KT Casebook shares examples of how NIDILRR grantees have engaged in successful KT strategies throughout the years. It also identifies factors that affect KT success while showing how each project demonstrates the outcomes and impact of its KT activities.

Get in touch with the Center on KTDRR to ask about how you can promote your success in the KT Casebook.

Save the Date! #KTDRR20
Virtual Knowledge Translation Conference:
Social Media Strategies for KT

Mark your calendars—KTDRR's free virtual conference is coming up!
October 26, 28, and 30, 2020
1:00–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time each afternoon (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

The conference addresses the KT needs of NIDILRR grantees and other stakeholders, and provides opportunities to network with other KT experts and researchers. Global experts will present on impactful topics, including:

  • Using social media to design targeted outcomes
  • Strategies for using social media for subject recruitment and stakeholder engagement
  • Examples of projects that use social media for KT

Registration is now open:

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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.