6.25.19 - RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED!  I am recruiting OT participants for my research study.  If you, or if you know an OT, who is working or has worked with a student enrolled in a K-12 school where a shooting has occurred, please reach out!  The shooting does NOT have to be considered a “mass shooting”; it could be a single shot fired with no injury, a mass shooting, or anything between.  My research is exploring the feeling of preparedness of OTs working with the rising population of students exposed to school shootings.  There have been over 20 incidents so far this year, and 82 in 2018.  However, I am looking for OTs who have worked with a client enrolled in a school where a shooting occurred anytime in the past 10 years, no matter the treatment diagnosis of your client or where you treated them (school, clinic, home). My email address is [email protected] or [email protected] Please reach out if you have any further questions.

 

7.10.19 - PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica Chaiken, Media and Information Services Manager, NARIC 301-459-5900, x1114, [email protected]

Tyler Matney, Project Director, AbleData 703-356-8035, x114 [email protected]

Information for Independence: A Wealth of Research and Resources Is Just a Click Away

MARYLAND – AbleData and the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offer the most comprehensive collections of resources on almost every aspect of disability, assistive technology and rehabilitation, including information resources, research, and local and national support organizations, and the best part is most people can access this information for free. Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), NARIC and AbleData have served the disability and rehabilitation community for more than 40 years by providing information to people with disabilities, caregivers, researchers, educators, allied health professionals and others who provide support and services for people with disabilities. AbleData and NARIC offer both searchable databases and in-depth web content to connect individuals with the resources they need, and helpful information professionals available by phone, email, and chat.

“AbleData is the premier source for objective, comprehensive information on assistive technology (AT) products and solutions that can enable individuals to perform tasks that might otherwise be difficult or impossible for them,” said Tyler Matney, AbleData Project Director.  The AbleData project provides detailed descriptions of more than 40,000 assistive devices, including each product’s functions and features, price information (when available), and contact information for the product’s manufacturer and distributors. AbleData covers the entire range of assistive products, including custom adaptations, prototypes, and do-it-yourself solutions. The project also provides informational guides on a wide range of AT-related topics. “AbleData’s monthly guides inform users of various AT products and resources to improve productivity, increase community participation, and ease everyday life. From accessible gaming, cooking, and gardening to a guide on determining what is and what is not durable medical equipment, AbleData’s guides provide meaningful assistance for AT users and their families and are available for free from abledata.acl.gov,” said Tyler. Information specialists are available on AbleData’s toll-free information line, 800-227-0216, or via email at [email protected], both in English and Spanish.

“NARIC is a full-service library and information center without walls,” said Mark Odum, NARIC Project Director.  “Our collection has more than 80,000 volumes of literature including journal articles, technical reports, and consumer-level materials, with more than 5,000 items available through the Internet. The NARIC project has paired these resources with innovative communication and dissemination services to be a catalyst in helping improve the lives of persons with disabilities.”  NARIC’s staff members provide free information and referral for patrons on a wide range of disability and rehabilitation issues. Information specialists assist professionals in locating the latest research in the field, help service providers identify programs and services for their clients, and offer support and information to people with disabilities and their caregivers so they can remain independent. “For the last three years, NARIC’s media and information teams have reviewed hundreds of articles describing research results generated by NIDILRR projects for our Research In Focus project,” said Mark. He continued, “Our objective has been to shine a spotlight on new and interesting findings that would be of benefit to a wide audience that includes persons with disabilities, their family, and friends. We also wanted to be sure that fellow researchers and professionals in the field would find our selections to be informative and useful for their future work. Each issue of Research In Focus is highlighted in our News and Notes from the NIDILRR Community and Beyond weekly e-newsletter and has helped increase our social media reach, page views and likes, and post engagements.“ NARIC.com features Research In Focus, an archive of News and Notes, along with three searchable databases, information resource brochures, topic-specific newsletters, and browsable resource lists. Patrons can connect with NARIC information specialists in English and Spanish by toll-free phone at 800/346-2742, email at [email protected], and by chat and social media at naric.com.

NIDILRR is an institute of the Administration of Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services whose focus is applied research, training, development, and capacity building to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Accomplishing NIDILRR's mission is a first step on the journey toward ensuring that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to participate fully in every aspect of society. NIDILRR’s staff and its grantees are committed to generating new knowledge and promoting its effective use in improving the ability of people with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community and expanding the nation’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. Through NARIC and AbleData, NIDILRR fulfills this commitment by providing the public, and especially the disability community, with two sources for reliable information.

Together, AbleData and NARIC provide the public with information on more than 2,500,000 products and resources, and they are available online for free and in print at no or low cost. People can turn to AbleData and NARIC for the latest in assistive and rehabilitation technology, new research in rehabilitation treatments and interventions, and referral to quality support organizations and services in their local area.

 


 

Research for the Promotion and Advancement of OT!

This page is reserved to attache links to surveys for IRB approved research projects. To submit a request to have your survey linked here, please send an email [email protected] including the background of the study, IRB approval, and links or surveys for your research. These will be reviewed and those topics that are in align with the promotion and advancement of OT will be accepted. Links to all topics will be posted on the page and shared with ConnOTA members via Facebook. This page is restricted to those with ConnOTA usernames only to access our page. All disclosures must be presented stating any potential risks or harm to participants along with if any compensation is provided to those who participate in the research. Please note that any research that is promoting a product or funded by the proprietor must be disclosed and will most likely not be accepted. Upon the completion of the study, Principle investigators are expected to send a summary of their results to post with their topic to disseminate information related to their topic. 

Any reports of abuse of participants will result in disciplinary action upon review if researchers have been noted to been breaking from protocol or placing participants at risk. 

Participants who volunteer to participate with a study listed on this page do so knowing it is at their own risk and that ConnOTA does not have any affiliation or sponsorship with the researcher. Please note that sharing your private information is at your own risk and we would strongly encourage you to not share any sensitive information if requested by the researchers such as date of birth, social security numbers or credit card information etc.