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February 5, 2019
Fact Sheet: Employment Disparity Grows for Rural Americans with Disabilities

While overall employment rates have improved since the recession, employment for people with disabilities in rural areas has decreased. This fact sheet uses the recently released American Community Survey 5-year estimates to explore changes in employment rates for people with and without disabilities across the nine divisions of the United States, and for metropolitan, micropolitan, and non-core counties.

February 5, 2019
New Video: Peer Support After Burn Injury

This new video from Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System features burn survivors, family members, and clinicians who share experiences and resources related to peer support. The video joins a collection which provides information on a variety of topics, including therapy exercises, social recovery, and research.

Robotic Exoskeletons May Provide Health Benefits for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Exoskeletons are wearable devices that provide hip and knee motion with an external power source, allowing the user to stand upright and walk limited distances. Researchers explored the use of exoskeletons in rehabilitation facilities and identified benefits, risks, and recommendations for improving the technology and enhancing its use.

February 5, 2019
“Toyota Finalists for $4 Million Challenge to Reinvent the Wheelchair”

This article reports on the finalists in the global “Mobility Unlimited Challenge” sponsored by Toyota. The three-year, $4 million competition asks engineers, innovators, and designers from around the world to rethink the conventional wheelchair.

February 5, 2019
March 12: Traumatic Brain Injury Stakeholder Day

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will hold Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Stakeholder Day on March 12 to offer an opportunity for members of the TBI community to come to Washington, DC, to learn about and discuss important issues with other stakeholders, including TBI survivors, families, support networks, and state and federal representatives. RSVP is needed by March 8; visit the website for more details.

A separate event sponsored by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force will take place March 13.

January 22, 2019
Recovery and Independence Are Common After Severe TBI

It has long been assumed that individuals who experienced the most severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) had poor chances for meaningful recovery, but researchers who engaged in a long-term follow-up (up to 10 years after injury) found that many people regained significant levels of independence in areas such as self-care and mobility, often continuing to make gains years after their injuries.

“Provocative Film Explores Love and Sexuality Among the Disabled”

This article reports on a film that explores love and intimacy issues for people with disabilities.

January 22, 2019
Set Your Resolutions and Stick to Them

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of resources to help people with disabilities stick to those new year’s resolutions to improve health and wellness, connect with family and build better relationships, learn something new, or advance employment goals.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

This observance (January 22 – 27) is designed to link teens to facts about drugs and alcohol. Take the Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge (available in English or Spanish) and check out the Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day on January 24 for an opportunity to get answers from scientists about drugs and drug misuse, including drug effects, how to help friends or family who are abusing drugs, and what causes addiction.