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

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7   |   October 2018


October Is National Disability
Employment Awareness Month
America’s Workforce: Empowering All

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 “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October of each year as “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-long celebration called “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.

The 2018 NDEAM theme—America's Workforce: Empowering All—appears in the bottom half of the poster in red and navy blue lettering. Below the theme are the words National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The setting of the image is an office meeting room where an employee wearing a red polo shirt and using a power wheelchair is presenting the outcome of recent research on his laptop computer to three co-workers. At the bottom left is DOL's logo with the following words: OFFICE OF DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. Center bottom is hashtag NDEAM and the URL to ODEP's website dol.gov/odep.

Registration Is Now Open!
2018 Online KT Conference

Are you interested in learning strategies for engaging in systematic outreach to stakeholders as part of your knowledge translation (KT) research and development activities? Register today for the 2018 Online KT Conference: Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders. This conference is hosted by the Center on KTDRR and is designed for grantees and other stakeholders of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The free, virtual conference takes place across three afternoons during one work week in November, 2018.

Dates: November 5, 7, and 9, 2018
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time each day

Global experts will present on impactful topics, including:

  • How to engage stakeholders early: Project planning strategies and integrated KT
  • How to engage stakeholders often: Implementation and evaluation strategies
  • How to know you’ve had an impact on stakeholders: Measurement and sustainability

Register: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4502302/KTDRR-2018-Online-KT-Conference-Registration
For more information, please visit the conference website. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates, and join the conversation using the #KTDRR18 hashtag.

Upcoming Webcast on Multifaceted Interventions
for Improved Community Participation Among
Adults With Disabilities

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Center on KTDRR) and the University of Kansas’ Research and Training Center on Independent Living project for Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL) are cosponsoring a webcast to discuss the process and results of a systematic review, Multifaceted Interventions for Improved Community Participation Among Adults With Disabilities. The two NIDILRR-funded projects support a team that submitted the review to the Campbell Collaboration’s Disability Coordinating Group. Presenters Judith Gross, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, and Chad Nye will discuss their efforts to identify multifaceted interventions that are effective in facilitating increased community participation, including employment outcomes, for adults with disabilities.

Date/Time: October 29, 2018 (2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
Register (no charge): www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4595141/Registration-Multifaceted-Interventions-SR
For more webcast information: ktdrr.org/training/webcasts/webcast63

Upcoming Webcast KT101:
An Introduction to Knowledge Translation
(or How to Become Impactastic)

Register today for this upcoming webcast hosted by the Center on KTDRR featuring David Phipps, Executive Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University in Toronto, Canada. This webcast serves as a preconference session ahead of the 2018 Online KT Conference and provides an overview of basic KT information for participants who are new to the field and a review for those with more experience. The presentation will focus on practices that help move research to impact. The Co-produced Pathway to Impact framework will introduce the roles of stakeholders and research partners, KT planning, coproduction (integrated KT), dissemination (end-of-grant KT), and research impact assessment. Real-life examples and interactive elements will reinforce the discussion of KT concepts throughout the webcast.

Date: November 1, 2018 (1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
Register: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4594514/Registration-2018-Intro-to-KT
More Information: http://ktdrr.org/training/webcasts/webcast64/

Interested in Participating in a
KTER Center Panel at NARRTC?

The Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center (KTER Center) will organize a panel for submission to the annual NARRTC conference, scheduled for April 23–24, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. This year’s conference theme is “Inclusive Disability Research and Practice: Building on our History.” Watch NARRTC.org for general conference updates.

Presentations for the KTER Center’s panel submission should focus on the future of disability-related research, policy and/or advocacy efforts in the employment arena. Interested NIDILRR grantees should contact Kathleen Murphy by e-mail at KmMurphy@air.org by November 9, 2018.

Update From the Disability Coordinating Group
of the Campbell Collaboration

Do you know that the KTER Center provides no-cost technical assistance to NIDILRR grantees who are authoring systematic reviews and other research syntheses focused on disability and employment? KTER Center staff are spreading the word this month about the Disability Coordinating Group of the Campbell Collaboration.

  • Using funds from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to support activities of the Campbell Collaboration’s Disability Coordinating Group (DCG), cochair and KTER staff member Joann Starks will travel to Melbourne, Australia, for the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit. Joann and DCG cochair Oliver Wendt will deliver a podium presentation updating summit attendees on the activities of the DCG. To learn more about the DCG, please contact Joann Starks at jstarks@air.org.
  • A sneak peek of the DCG presentation: The Disability Subgroup of the Education Coordinating Group was established in 2008 at the Steering Group meeting held in Oslo, Norway, in response to a request from then-NIDRR grant Principal Investigator and former KTER Center director John D. Westbrook. During the next 10 years, numerous disability-related systematic reviews were published. Ten more reviews are currently in progress. At least five of these studies are based on NIDILRR-funded research, including two supported by the KTER Center in its previous award cycle: one focused on interventions to improve employment outcomes for individuals diagnosed with cancer, and a second focused on the return to work of individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury. In May 2017, the Campbell Board approved elevating the Disability Subgroup to its own Coordinating Group. Several NIDILRR grantees also participate as members of the DCG Advisory Board.
  • Kathleen Murphy will present a poster that shares updates on the DCG with the NIDILRR community gathered for the celebration of its 40th anniversary on October 18, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Following the anniversary event, Kathleen will join Oliver and Joann at the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit.

KTER at USBLN—Now Known as “Disability:IN”!

Many NIDILRR grantees in the employment portfolio partner with the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN), a leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. USBLN has rebranded to Disability:IN to better reflect its mission of empowering businesses to achieve disability inclusion and equality. The new brand was launched in July 2018 at Disability:IN’s annual conference and expo, which attracted more than 1,500 people representing businesses and organizations committed to advancing the employment of people with disabilities.

KTER Center project director Kathleen Murphy staffed AIR’s booth at the conference, in company with AIR’s disability and rehabilitation practice area director Dahlia Shaewitz, and attended sessions relevant to the Center’s upcoming research with vocational rehabilitation business consultants.

KTER Center Director, Kathleen Murphy, stands next to a booth at the Disability:IN Conference.

Archive Available: Measuring Outcomes and Implementation in a
Field-Initiated Employment Project

An archive of the KTER Center webcast that recently aired is now available. Dr. George Gotto presented information on the field-initiated project “Determining the Efficacy of the Self-Determined Career Development Model of Instruction to Improve Employment Outcomes for Adults With Developmental Disabilities,” funded by NIDILRR. Dr. Gotto described the project goals and strategies employed for measurement, scale-up of project resources, and sustainable impact. The project evaluated the efficacy of the Self-Determined Career Development Model in improving employment outcomes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was highlighted in the 2015 NIDILRR Report to Congress, which documented the outcomes and impacts that resulted from NIDILRR’s investments.

Archive: https://youtu.be/kdOJtLf77lE
More Information: https://kter.org/resources/measuring-outcomes-and-implementation-field-initiated-employment-project

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 those listed below, or even if you are simply attending, please let Tracy Bauman know, and we’ll work with you to develop a brief announcement in our next KTER Today newsletter.

NIDILRR Celebrates 40 Years
Date: October 18, 2018
Location: Washington, D.C.
Register: Live event registration is closed, but livestream viewing is available. http://neweditions.net/meeting/registration-nidilrr-40th-anniversary-celebration

Fall 2018 National Rehabilitation Education Conference (NCRE)
Date: October 24–26, 2018
Location: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, Virginia
Register: https://ncre.org/

Several of your NIDILRR colleagues will be presenting this year at NCRE, including KTER affiliate John O’Neill on October 26 from 3:15–4:15 p.m. And more! The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on VR Practices and Youth has several embedded sessions comprising the RRTC’s State of the Science conference. Check out the agenda here:

Council for State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Fall 2018 Conference
Date: October 27–31, 2018
Location: Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Registration: https://www.uacurrents.org/RegistrationSystem/Register?m=1w1
Hurry! Closes October 26, 2018.
While you’re there, look for KTER Center researcher Sara Treviño

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2018 Conference
Date: November 10–14, 2018
Location: Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel
Registration: https://www.aucd.org/conference/index.cfm/registration2018
Find KTER Center staff member Ann Outlaw while you’re there! Ann will be presenting on “Using a Knowledge Translation Framework in Disability Research.”

The KTER Center at AIR logo

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.