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

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 5   |   MARCH 2018

Spring Into Learning About NIDILRR's
Research-to-Practice Projects (March 21)

Under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program, the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) periodically issues a funding opportunity titled “Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development Into Practice.” The aim of these awards is to promote the use or adoption of findings from NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects. The KTER Center works with these projects to share information about their knowledge translation plans with other NIDILRR grantees and interested researchers via a webcast series.

In the latest webcasts, Kathleen Biebel and Mark Harniss give an update on the knowledge translation strategies they employ on their projects to increase the use of research previously funded by NIDILRR.

Date: March 21, 2018
Time: 3:00–3:45 p.m. Eastern
Register Today:

To learn more about Dr. Harniss’ project, attend his NARRTC presentation, “Correctional Facilities and Incarcerated Individuals With TBI: Supporting Evidence-Based Change.”

What Does KT Look Like in Action?
See KTDRR’s KT Casebook

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) developed a Knowledge Translation (KT) Casebook to highlight NIDILRR grantees’ KT activities. The Casebook allows grantees to learn from each other's experiences and make connections with other grantees that may facilitate and expand KT actions. An epilogue of the first four editions of the Casebook is now available and highlights themes grantees describe in their KT activities, including stakeholder engagement, partnerships, tailoring knowledge, and the time it takes to incorporate strong KT into their NIDILRR projects.

Meet some of the Casebook authors in person at NARRTC at the Knowledge Translation panel! Gather ideas about KT strategies, identify KT examples that have focused on stakeholders or target audiences of interest, and expand your awareness of other NIDILRR grantees’ KT accomplishments. KTER/KTDRR Principal Investigator Kathleen Murphy will chair.
There will be presentations from the following experts:

Staff from other employment projects were unable to attend NARRTC, but share their KT strategies in the Casebook. Read about the Institute for Community Inclusion’s (ICI) Learning Collaborative with researchers and vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to identify and develop solutions for workforce issues to increase the effectiveness of VR services delivered to people with disabilities. In the 4th edition of the Casebook, ICI describes ExploreVR, an open-source portal that integrates VR research, training, and technical assistance across multiple national centers to disseminate information tailored to VR audiences.

In the 2nd edition of the Casebook, the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) describes how it developed and implemented a multimodal, multidirectional approach to translating and disseminating knowledge for use within the state–federal VR system. The purpose is to increase VR counselors’ ability to acquire, apply, and share information related to evidence-based practices to facilitate improved employment and quality-of-employment outcomes for persons with disabilities.

If you would like your NIDILRR grant project to be included in the next Casebook, please let us know at NARRTC or via our online form: share your experience.

NARRTC - The Annual Meeting of NIDILRR Grantees

KTER staff look forward to seeing many of our fellow NIDILRR grantees at NARRTC.

See below for more details and to learn more about the research and KT initiatives that KTER staff, affiliated grantees, and other grantees whose work focuses on disability and employment will present.

Date: March 26–27, 2018
Location: Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington, VA

Shaping the Future by Engaging With Stakeholders
Presented by: Kathleen Murphy and Joann Starks (KTER staff)

Developing Community Resources to Support Health Care Providers' Capacity to Address the Employment-Related Needs of Cancer Survivors (poster)
Presented by: Steven Boydston (KTER staff)

Working With Schools: Improving Employment Outcomes for Youth
Presented by: Teresa Grossi (KTER Transition Technical Working Group)

Employment Panel on Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, Supervisor Perspectives
Presented by: Kimberly Phillips, Andrew Houtenville (KTER Employment Research Outreach Team) and John O’Neill (KTER Business Technical Working Group)

Barriers and Facilitators to Employment: A Comparison of Participants With SCI and MS
Presented by: Melinda Jarnecke (KTER Employment Research Outreach Team)

The Intersection of Disability and Harassment: Lessons From the EEOC’s Charge Data Case Notes
Presented by: Sarah von Schrader

Employers’ Perspectives on Accommodating and Retaining Employees With New Health Problems: An Exploratory Study
Presented by: Katie Morrison

Self-Employment Starts With You! Entrepreneurship by Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities
Presented by: Laysha Ostrow

Making Work, Work: How Individuals With Disabilities Balance Work and the Rest of Life!
Presented by: LaWanda Cook

Post-NARRTC Workshop on
Outreach to Policymakers for NIDILRR Grantees

The Center on KTDRR is sponsoring a free post-NARRTC Conference workshop for NIDILRR grantees on "Outreach to Policymakers," on Wednesday morning, March 28, 2018. Bobby Silverstein will present research-based practices on strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and within grantees' respective states. A speaker from Management Concepts will address restrictions on lobbying.

Date/Time: March 28, 2018, 8:30 AM–12:00 PM (Registration/refreshments: 8:30–9:00 AM)
Location: Diplomat Room, The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City – 1250 S Hayes St., Arlington, VA 22202
Presenter: Bobby Silverstein – Principal, Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville PC

Can't make the workshop? Request KTDRR technical assistance tailored to your project's needs: http://ktdrr.org/ta/index.html

You may also be interested in consulting these resources from another one of AIR's NIDILRR-funded KT Centers, MSKTC:

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.

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSVAR) Spring 2018 Conference
Dates: April 9–11, 2018
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, MD
Attendee: Kathleen Murphy, KTER Center (KTER partners with CSAVR)

Work and Family Researchers Network Conference
Dates: June 21–23, 2018
Location: The Capitol Hilton, Washington, DC
Bullying Disability in the Workplace
Presented by: LaWanda Cook

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference
Dates: June 26–28, 2018
Location: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Buena Vista, FL

US Business Leadership Network 2018 Annual Conference and Expo
Dates: July 9–12, 2018
Location: The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Look for the AIR exhibit in the Expo and learn about its disability and rehabilitation work.

Reinventing Quality Conference
Dates: July 29–31, 2018
Location: Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD
Communicating Community Inclusion Through Media (panel)
Panelists: Jerry Smith, John Smith, Ann Outlaw (KTER staff),
Heidi Eschenbacher, Amie Lulinski, and John Butterworth

11th Annual VR Summit Conference

This year’s Summit Conference is a collaboration of the Summit Group, the Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Center (PEQA), Rehabilitation Program Evaluation Network (RPEN), and the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center.
Dates: September 4–6, 2018
Location: The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK
Conference submissions due March 31, 2018!

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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.