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

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 3   |   OCTOBER 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Selects "Inclusion Drives Innovation" for 2017 NDEAM Theme

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."

The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation."

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in NDEAM and ways they can promote its messages during October and throughout the year by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.

Register for KTDRR's No-cost Online
Knowledge Translation Measurement Conference

Interested in learning strategies for planning and implementing effective knowledge translation (KT) measurement approaches?

Register for the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research's 2017 Online KT Conference: www.ktdrr.org/conference2017.

The virtual conference takes place during three afternoons during one work week: 1-5 pm Eastern time, Monday, October 30, Wednesday, November 1, and Friday November 3.

This year's conference theme is "KT Outcome Measurement." Global experts will present on impactful topics that include overcoming barriers to outreach, tools for tracking KT implementation, and impact measurement strategies.

NIDILRR grantees presentations include:

  • Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer: Tips and Tools for Communicating with Key Stakeholders
    Presented by Jennifer Flagg
  • New Patient Centered Approaches for Assessing the Social Integration of Burn Survivors: The LIBRE Project
    Presented by Lewis Kazis, Mary Slavin, Colleen Ryan and Jeffrey Schneider
  • The Rehabilitation Measures Database: A KT Tool for Promoting Adoption of Standardized Outcome Measures
    Presented by Allen Heinemann & Linda Ehrlich-Jones

The conference also provides opportunities to network with other KT experts and researchers in the field. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and join the conversation using the #KTDRR17 hashtag. Questions? Email Tracy Bauman.

Employment Research Outreach Team (EROT)

Attention NIDILRR grantees working in the disability employment field:
Interested in joining KTER’s Employment Research Outreach Team (EROT)?
What’s involved? Read on…

The EROT consists of KT and research staff members representing NIDILRR’s employment outcomes grantees, and consumers with disabilities involved in these NIDILRR projects. Grantees commit to appointing a staff representative and helping to recruit a consumer who is already working with their NIDLRR-funded project to participate on the EROT.

During quarterly teleconferences, team members assist the KTER Center in developing products and outputs with wide applicability and use. For example, members of the EROT identify needs of fellow employment portfolio grantees in the NIDILRR community, help to plan and disseminate KTER outputs, and assist with usability testing.

KTER awards a small honorarium to members as a token of our appreciation. We’ve appreciated past support from the following projects and look forward to continued collaboration:

Center to Enhance Evidence-Based Supportive Employment With a Technology-Based Management System
DRRP on Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes
Evaluating the Impact of a School-to-Work Collaborative on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-Aged Youth
Intervention to Augment the Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors of Placement Professionals
RRTC on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
RRTC on Employment Policy and Measurement
RRTC on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities
RRTC: Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals With Disabilities
Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After Severe Disability Due to Severe Spinal Cord Injury
Transitions Research and Training Center

Vocational Rehabilitation Summit Conference 2017

KTER staff participated in the Summit Conference on Sept. 5-7, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska. This marked the 10th anniversary of the Summit Group, a community of practice committed to the professional education and training of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program Evaluators and to the improvement of performance management within state VR agencies. KTER staff Elizabeth Frentzel, Bitnara Jasmine Park, and Joann Starks were joined by Rachel Anderson of the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) project (she is also a member of KTER’s Technical Working Group on Transition) in conducting a round table discussion, Evidence-based Practices to Support Employment for Adults with Autism and Transition-Aged Youth. The session was well-attended with considerable audience participation. KTER looks forward to building on this networking opportunity with NIDILRR grantees, state VR staff, and other colleagues.

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. If you know you will be presenting at an upcoming conference, such as the ones below, or even just attending, please let Tracy Bauman know, and we'll work with you to develop a short announcement in our next "KTER Today" newsletter. Below are some of our fellow NIDILRR grantees’ past and upcoming presentations at national conferences.

Upcoming conferences

Fall 2017 NCRE/RSA/CSAVR National Rehabilitation Education Conference
Date: October 26-28, 2017
Location: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel Arlington, VA
https://ncre.org/fall-2017-conference-overview/ (Expired link 6/2018)

KTER staff will be presenting at the Fall 2017 NCRE/RSA/CSAVR conference on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 28th. We’ll look for you there!

  • Incorporating Stakeholder Needs Into Intervention Development: An Integrated Knowledge Translation Approach
    Presented by KTER Center staff Kathleen M. Murphy, Bitnara Jasmine Park, Zoe Geyman, and KTER Technical Working Group member Carol M. Schall of Virginia Commonwealth University

Other NIDILRR presentations at the NCRE/RSA/CSAVR conference

  • Community-Based Participatory Research: Applications for Enhancing Employment Outcomes
    Presented by Kenneth Hergenrather, Madan M. Kundu, David Strauser, Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, and Diona Emmanuel
  • VR Online in Rehabilitation Counseling Preparation: An Integrative Pilot Initiative
    Presented by Josephine Wilson and Charles Bernacchio

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Conference
Date: October 23-28, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA

  • A Latent Structural Analysis of Health Outcomes among People Living with Spinal Cord Injury
    Presented by Chao Li, James Krause and Nicole DiPiro
  • Medication Usage Changes and All-cause Mortality after Spinal Cord Injury
    Presented by Yue Cao and James Krause
  • Rasch Measurement Properties of the Pain Management Questionnaire for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
    Presented by Brittany Hand, Craig Velozo, and James Krause

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference
Date: November 2 - 4, 2017
Location: Chicago, IL

  • Panel: Disability, Economics, and Justice
    Presented by Navena Chaitoo, Sophie Mitra, and Stephen Roberts
  • Poverty and Employment Among Families That Include a Member with a Disability.
    Presented by Debra L. Brucker
  • Intergenerational Economic Mobility and Work Limiting Disability
    Presented by Katie M Jajtne
  • Persons with Disabilities in Jails and Prisons
    Presented by Navena Chaitoo

AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disabilities) Fall 2017 Conference
Date: November 5-7, 2017
Location: Washington D.C.

  • Lift Your Voice to Support Employment for People with IDD!
    Presented by Judith Gross

CSAVR Fall 2017 Conference
Date: November 11 - 15, 2017
Location: Hyatt Regency Greenville, SC
www.rehabnetwork.org/events/fall-2017-conference/ (Expired link 6/2018)

2017 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference
Date: November 15-18, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL

  • Developing and Testing Strengths-based Interventions for Parents of Children With Disabilities
    Presented by Judith Gross

NARRTC’s 40th Annual Meeting and Conference, “Shaping the Future”
Date: March 26-27, 2018
Location: Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington, VA
Watch the NARRTC homepage for updates as they come available. 

Recent conference

RRTC on Physical Disabilities State of the Science Conference
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC-PD)hosted the State of the Science Conference on the Employment of People with Physical Disabilities, September 26th and 27th, in Richmond, VA and via webcast. Participants discussed issues and implications from new knowledge gained from VCU-RRTC-PD’s disability employment research activities and presented research on effective policies, practices, and interventions to improve the employment outcomes of people with physical disabilities.
Materials and archives of this conference will be posted on the VCU-RRTC-PD website soon!

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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.