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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

Resources: Publications & Products

NIDILRR grantees are given money to do the work they described in their proposal which was deemed fundable by a panel of expert peer reviewers. So they go about their business engaging in the research and development process otherwise known as the “activity or work phase.” Throughout this process, NIDILRR project officers monitor their progress using a variety of strategies and tools. For more information on how NIDILRR monitors its performance, and the performance its grantees, check out NIDILRR Performance.

A grantee’s research and development process usually takes place over a number of years and the end result is usually publications and products. NIDILRR calls its publications and products outputs. There are four types of outputs produced by grantees.

In recent years, NIDILRR staff and its contractors have produced several outputs. It is our hope that these outputs will be of some use to our many stakeholders who are interested in what we do.

Learn more below about what outputs are available to the public through NIDILRR’s library and information center known as the National Rehabilitation Information Center.

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NIDILRR Publications

We encourage our many stakeholders to explore the publications listed in this section. None of the publications found here would have been possible without the assistance of two groups: our conscientious grantees who have given us the data we have asked for over the years; and our contractors.

Below are some publications we think may be of interest to you

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Grantee Publications

NARIC collects all different types of publications that are produced by our grantees. They then develop short abstracts about each publication and add the abstract and citation information to REHABDATA, a searchable database of rehabilitation literature which they maintain for NIDILRR.

There are a number of ways to search for NIDILRR-produced publications of interest to you. If you want to view a list of REHABDATA searches by NIDILRR program and year, check out the links below:

  • 90DP—Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects: 2016 | 2015
  • 90RT—Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs): 2016 | 2015
  • 90RE—Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs): 2016 | 2015
  • 90SF—Research Fellows Program, i.e. formerly Switzer: 2016 | 2015
  • 90IF—Field-Initiated Projects (FIP): 2016 | 2015
  • 90SCI—Model Spinal Cord Injury Systems: 2016 | 2015
  • 90AR—Advanced Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (ARRT): 2016 | 2015
  • 90BI—Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): 2016 | 2015

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Looking for a tool produced by a NIDILRR grantee but don’t know where to start? Try searching the NARIC Tools Collection. Tools are surveys and measurement or diagnostic instruments or checklists used to assess the extent of a problem.

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Technology-Related Information and Products

Technology-related information usually refers to standards for doing something or building something the right way, i.e., standards for building a wheelchair, an accessible van, standards for a transporting a wheelchair user safely in a vehicle. Sometimes, the standards for doing something or building something the right way already exist but have become outdated because of new developments on the market.

Other standards for doing something or building something the right way do not exist because no one has ever tried to do what is being proposed. In either case, grantees from our Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program and our Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) program are the ones that provide the brain power behind the standards work. View a sample of documents, produced by NIDILRR grantees, that relate to rehabilitation engineering ANSI standards work.

Technology products usually refer to the “cool stuff” that people make, build, or write about. NIDILRR RERC and SBIR grantees are also involved in making, building, or testing stuff. They do it following a process known as the design process. The process itself can be complicated but basically it starts with understanding a problem faced by group of users. Then interviewing the users to discover what features or needs the users care about or want the product to be able to do. Technology people then take this information, known as user requirements, and start to design, build, test and make something. The something they make is called a prototype which is then tested by a group of users for feedback. The prototype or product is then tweaked or re-designed and re-tested with the users until they satisfy the user requirements. Read about NIDILRR’s stages of development framework (SODF).

Some examples of products that have been made by NIDILRR SBIR and RERC grantees are listed in NARIC’s multimedia collection.

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Informational Products

Information products are generally geared toward the layperson audience and can include things like “how-to” manuals, CDs, newsletters, brochures, training guides, etc. Our grantees produce many of these types of outputs.

NIDILRR grantees, especially the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) ones, produce full-text factsheets and tipsheets on a variety of subjects. Examples include, but are not limited to:

An ever-increasing number of full text informational products is available from within REHABDATA, a database of rehabilitation and disability literature. Below are some examples (by year) of full-text information products by year of publication. Not all publications by year have full text available—only those publications with a “Download article in Full Text” link. The links below lead to lists with examples of full-text publications/information prodcuts by year:

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Last Modified: 2/16/2017