National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

Webcast 1
Welcome to the New NCDDR

May 31, 2006, 2:00 PM CDT

About the Webcast

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) a grant on January 1, 2006, to support continuation of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR), a project SEDL has operated since 1995. The new 5-year grant is part of a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) program that encourages the dissemination and use of NIDRR-sponsored research-research results that can be more readily used in shaping new technology, improving service delivery and expanding decision-making options for people with disabilities and their families.

In this webcast, NIDRR staff members Dr. Art Sherwood and Ms. Ellen Blasiotti discuss NIDRR's Long-Range Plan and its focus on Knowledge Translation as a framework for moving research into practice. Knowledge Translation is a step beyond NIDRR's previous focus on Knowledge Dissemination and Utilization.

NCDDR staff members Dr. John Westbrook, Joann Starks, describe the project's organization, its intended activities and services tailored for NIDRR grantees, planned partnerships, and collaborative activities. They also discuss the focus of NCDDR's work on developing systems for applying rigorous standards of evidence in describing, assessing, and disseminating outcomes from research sponsored by NIDRR. Moderator for the webcast is Tajauna Arnold of ILRU.

About the Presenters

Ellen Blasiotti is a Senior Project Officer in the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. She manages a portfolio of projects relating to Knowledge Translation and Knowledge Dissemination and Utilization. Ms. Blasiotti has 37 years of experience in public affairs, disability and rehabilitation research, information dissemination and utilization, writing and editing, and rehabilitation research grant and contract administration. She retired from government service on June 2, 2006.

Arthur M. Sherwood, PE, PhD is Science and Technology Advisor at NIDRR. In this role, Dr. Sherwood has played a major part in the Institute's strategic planning and is heavily invested in establishing new approaches to evidence vetting. He continues his particular interest in spinal cord injury research, exploring new opportunities for NIDRR's Model Systems program. Dr. Sherwood joined NIDRR after carrying out faculty and research roles at Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Medicine, the Texas Medical Center, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

John Westbrook, PhD, is a Program Manager for SEDL's Disability Research to Practice (DRP) Program and has been a member of the SEDL staff since 1982. Projects he leads include the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR), Research Utilization Support and Help (RUSH) project, and a subcontract to the Disability Law Resource Project (DLRP). His current work includes strategies for increasing awareness of knowledge translation and the effective dissemination and utilization of evidence-based disability-related information.

Joann Starks is a Program Associate with SEDL's NCDDR. Her current interests include Communities of Practice (CoPs), evidence-based guidelines and systematic reviews of disability research, copyright issues, and use of the Internet and other electronic dissemination information systems. Ms. Starks joined SEDL in 1995, following positions at the Universities of Colorado and New Mexico.

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This webcast is supported through the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR), which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education, and is supported in part by ILRU. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

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