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


Congratulations to All the New NIDILRR Grantees

The KTER Center would like to congratulate all the newly funded National Institute for Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) employment grantees. Many new projects are operated by familiar colleagues, and we especially want to welcome those grantees with their first NIDILRR funding. The KTER Center is here to enhance grantees’ understanding of knowledge translation strategies, and support them in conducting their own research, development, and dissemination activities. Please visit our website at www.kter.org to learn about our resources, request technical assistance, or learn about ongoing research activities. The National Rehabilitation Information Center has a link identifying four “Newly funded projects for this Fiscal Year” in the NIDILRR Program Database.

New Resource!
The KTER Center’s Employment Research Database

The KTER Center is proud to release the newest version of the Employment Research Database. This database features research related to the employment of people with disabilities. Users can sort research by disability type(s), populations, employment characteristics, outcomes measure, and more. New resources are being added weekly. Beginning in 2018, the database will focus on adding articles that report on interventions that demonstrated effective employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Have you published an article that would be a good addition to the database? Suggest a resource today!

Employment Researchers Featured on New Hampshire Public Radio

Drs. Andrew Houtenville and John O’Neill of the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) were featured guests for a segment, “Employing an Underutilized Workforce: Granite Staters with Disabilities,” on “The Exchange” on New Hampshire Public Radio. Drs. Houtenville and O’Neill discussed employment trends and employer perspectives for people with disabilities. Mark your calendars to hear Dr. Houtenville speak again on February 13, 2018 at the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release.

The KTER Center appreciates Dr. Houtenville’s contributions to its Employment Research Outreach Team, and Dr. O’Neill’s participation in the Business Technical Working Group that guides KTER’s research on knowledge brokering among members of the National Employment Team who lead state vocational rehabilitation agencies’ efforts to engage businesses.

Social Media as a Knowledge Translation Strategy

Reports of new discoveries in knowledge translation strategies help to fuel our curiosity and ultimately increase the use of research. View a recently published article, Evaluating the effectiveness of Facebook to impact the knowledge of evidence-based employment practices by individuals with traumatic brain injury: A knowledge translation random control study, by our colleagues from Virginia Commonwealth University: Katherine Inge, Carolyn Graham, James McLaughlin, Doug Erikson, Paul Wehman, and Hannah Seward. This study was funded in the previous cycle of the KTER Center (90DP0009).

John Westbrook Prize

John Westbrook was a leading disability researcher who was active in promoting the use of evidence. John initiated the creation of the Campbell Collaboration’s Disability Coordinating Group and had served as principal investigator of the KTER Center. He also served as co-chair of Campbell’s Knowledge Translation and Implementation Coordinating Group.

John passed away in December 2016. As a strong supporter of Campbell, he left a bequest to support its work in knowledge translation. Campbell used this bequest to create the John Westbrook Memorial Fund. The fund supports the John Westbrook Prize, which is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to knowledge translation, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence. In 2017, the award was given posthumously to John.

The Campbell Collaboration has launched a fundraising appeal to keep the fund going strong. If the size of the fund permits, occasional awards also may be made to support the production and use of systematic reviews. Should you wish to contribute, please use the following link: https://campbellcollaboration.org/donation.

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.

Upcoming Conferences

The National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference
Date: March 13–15, 2018
Location: Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, CA
https://ncre.org/spring-2018-conference (Expired link 6/2018)

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

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Conference
Date: April 7–11, 2018
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda MD

2018 National APSE Conference, “Imagination Drives Innovation”
Date: June 26–28, 2018
Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) Annual Conference and Expo
Date: July 9–12, 2018
Location: The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV

Recent Conference Archives Now Available

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 26–27, in Richmond, Virginia, and by 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 are available on the VCU-RRTC-PD at http://pd.vcurrtc.org/conference/index.cfm.

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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.