For Immediate Release                           December 3, 2012


     Americans have always understood that each of us is
entitled to a set of fundamental freedoms and protections under
the law, and that when everyone gets a fair shot at opportunity,
all of us do better.  For more than two decades, our country has
upheld those basic promises for persons with disabilities
through the Americans with Disabilities Act -- a sweeping civil
rights bill that moved our Nation forward in the journey to
equality for all.  And from making health care more affordable
to ensuring new technologies are accessible, we have continued
to build on that progress, guided by the belief that equal
access and equal opportunity are common principles that unite us
as one Nation.
     On the 20th International Day of Persons with Disabilities,
we reaffirm that the struggle to ensure the rights of every
person does not end at our borders, but extends to every country
and every community.  It continues for the woman who is at
greater risk of abuse because of a disability and for the child
who is denied the chance to get an education because of the way
he was born.  It goes on for the 1 billion people with
disabilities worldwide who all too often cannot attend school,
find work, access medical care, or receive fair treatment.
These injustices are an affront to our shared humanity -- which
is why the United States has joined 153 other countries around
the world in signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities, which calls on all nations to establish
protections and liberties like those afforded under the
Americans with Disabilities Act.  While Americans with
disabilities already enjoy these rights at home, they frequently
face barriers when they travel, conduct business, study, or
reside overseas.  Ratifying the Convention in the Senate would
reaffirm America's position as the global leader on disability
rights and better position us to encourage progress toward
inclusion, equal opportunity, full participation, independent
living, and economic self-sufficiency for persons with
disabilities worldwide.
     We have come far in the long march to achieve equal
opportunity for all.  But even as we partner with countries
across the globe in affirming universal human rights, we know
our work will not be finished until the inherent dignity and
worth of all persons with disabilities is guaranteed.  Today,
let us renew our commitment to meeting that challenge here in


the United States, and let us redouble our efforts to build new
paths to participation, empowerment, and progress around the
     NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in
me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do
hereby proclaim December 3, 2012, as International Day of
Persons with Disabilities.  I call on all Americans to observe
this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
third day of December, in the year of our Lord
two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


The OCALI Advisory Board is pleased to announce the release of the Ohio Autism Recommendations. Based on research and feedback from parents and families across Ohio, the new recommendations focus on early identification and diagnosis, skill development and support, and sustained services for future success.

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Kind of amazing. You have to see this video.

Every White House has the privilege of hosting some world class athletes. Every President gets an opportunity to welcome Super Bowl champions, winners of the NBA Finals, and other professional and collegiate athletes at the top of their games.

But every once in a while, the White House hosts a group of champions who represent us all — Team USA.

Last week, more than 400 Olympians and Paralympians gathered at the White House for an event to celebrate their success in this year’s London Games.

We put together a video that takes you behind the scenes and lets you hear from the athletes as they describe their visit. Check it out here:

Presidential Forum To Address Disability Issues
A CNN veteran is set to moderate a one-of-a-kind presidential forum later this month focused on disability issues.

This paper published in Health Policy and Planning expands on a WHO framework that looks at six key elements supporting evidence use in policy-making processes (climate; production of research; push efforts; facilitation of user pull; user-pull efforts; exchange efforts). The paper employs these elements to outline 10 publicly available resources that can facilitate the use of research evidence in the health policy process.
This paper published in Systematic Reviews develops a framework for translating systematic reviews into short accessible briefings. The framework helps researchers present and contextualize evidence from systematic reviews in a way that addresses real-life problems in response to requests from decision-makers.
This study, published in Implementation Science, engaged patients and physicians in the development of Decision Boxes, which are short clinical summaries covering medical questions that do not have a single best answer. Decision Boxes help clinicians communicate the risks and benefits of different options to patients so they can make an informed decision together.
The Guideline Implementability Research and Application Network is a collaboration of international guideline developers, implementers, and researchers who are working to identify and describe existing implementability tools, and develop and evaluate new tools. This refers to information that helps health professionals understand how to plan for, accommodate, implement, and evaluate use of guidelines. Please help us to define and identify additional implementability tools by completing a brief survey:
G-I-N North America will co-sponsor with the New York Academy of Medicine a two-day conference on “Evidence-based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice and Stakeholders”. The aim of this conference is to provide a platform for constructive dialogue and collaboration between otherwise disparate perspectives that affect development of evidence based guidelines, their translation to clinical practice, and their value and impact on health care and patient outcomes. The event will take place in New York on December 10-11, 2012.

Reported on All Things Considered, Aug. 21, 2012:

In a story on employment challenges facing veterans with disabilities, Hannah Rudstam of Cornell’s Employment and Disability Institute shared findings from her national survey of HR professionals. Respondents supported the hiring of veterans with disabilities, but they also reported concern about the effort required for accommodations. Some managers felt that veterans could pose a threat, however, Rudstam noted that “research suggests people with PTSD are not more likely to be violent in the workplace.”
“When you have a disability that’s highly stigmatized, that has a lot of misperceptions, it’s important that a veteran make a decision about disclosure that’s right for them, fully understanding what their rights are,” Rudstam says.

(Original story Aug. 2 by Erin Toner, WUVM)

Recent KT research articles:

Grimshaw JM, Eccles MP, Lavis JN, Hill SJ, Squires JEKnowledge Translation of Research Findings. Implement Science 2012 May 31;7(1):50.

One of the most consistent findings from clinical and health services research is the failure to translate research into practice and policy. As a result of these evidence-practice and policy gaps, patients fail to benefit optimally from advances in healthcare and are exposed to unnecessary risks of iatrogenic harms, and healthcare systems are exposed to unnecessary expenditure resulting in significant opportunity costs. Over the last decade, there has been increasing international policy and research attention on how to reduce the evidence-practice and policy gap. This paper summarizes the current concepts and evidence to guide knowledge translation activities, defined as T2 research (the translation of new clinical knowledge into improved health) and is structured around five key questions: what should be transferred; to whom should research knowledge be transferred; by whom should research knowledge be transferred; how should research knowledge be transferred; and, with what effect should research knowledge be transferred?

To download the paper got to

McLean R, Graham I, Bosompra K, Choudhry Y, Coen S, MacLeod M, Manuel C, McCarthy R, Mota A, Peckham D, Tetroe J, Tucker, J. Understanding the performance and impact of public knowledge translation funding interventions: Protocol for an evaluation of Canadian institutes of health research knowledge translation funding programs. Implementation Science 2012 June 22;7:57. 

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has defined knowledge translation (KT) as a dynamic and iterative process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products, and strengthen the healthcare system. CIHR, the national health research funding agency in Canada, has undertaken to advance this concept through direct research funding opportunities in KT. Because CIHR is recognized within Canada and internationally for leading and funding the advancement of KT science and practice, it is essential and timely to evaluate this intervention, and specifically, these funding opportunities.

To download the paper got to


New CIHR Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches

CIHR has developed a new KT Guide to assist with the writing and reviewing of grants.  Integrated and end-of-grant approaches are described in detail with case studies that bring the concepts to life and worksheets that will help guide your thinking and planning. The KT Guide is available on the CIHR website and in hard copy by writing to


KT Casebook III now available

This casebook, the third in a series produced by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, acknowledges research and innovation initiatives across the broad spectrum of health in Alberta. While the research involves different populations, stakeholders, and settings, the results highlight the strength and diversity of knowledge translation in the province. 

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