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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 3   |   March 2024 

An e-newsletter from

Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR)


March 13: Plain Language for People with IDD Webcast

Plain Language and Beyond: Developing Health Resources for People With Intellectual  and Developmental Disabilities

Upcoming Webcast:  Plain Language and Beyond: Developing Health Resources for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Presenters: Linda Squires, Molly Lynch, and Sidney Holt. March 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET. Virtual.

Many public health organizations attempt to ensure that information is understandable and actionable. Nonetheless, people with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and others with literacy limitations may still have difficulty understanding public health messages. In close collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RTI International and CommunicateHealth have created a tool to guide development of products (e.g., website information, print materials, and videos) for people with IDD and extreme low literacy (IDD/ELL). In this webcast, learn why developing specific products for this audience is essential as well as how to do it using the new product development tool. Case studies from emergency management illustrate use of the tool.

Linda Squiers, PhD, Senior Health Communication Scientist, RTI
Linda Holt, PhD, Health Communication Scientist, RTI
Molly Lynch, MPH, Audience Engagement Research Program, RTI

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 1–2 p.m. ET
Please follow this link to register: Plain Language Webcast

May 20: Pre-NARRTC Infographics Workshop

Register Now for PreNARRTC Infographics Workshop. Free and open to the public. Registration is capped at 15 attendees with priority given to grantees of the National Institute on Disabilities, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). May 20, 2024 1:00-5:00 PM ET. Embassy Suites Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia.

Registration is open now for the in-person infographics workshop that the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Center on KTDRR) is hosting at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, the site of the annual meeting of NARRTC. The workshop will cover design principles and provide hands-on practice to ensure your data visualization products are accessible to people with disabilities.

When: Monday, May 20, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.
This is an in-person event with no online option. It will not be archived.
Where: Embassy Suites, Alexandria Old Town (Alexandria, VA).
Registration closes 6:00 p.m. ET on May 15, 2024.
Workshop Registration Link:

Note: The workshop is free and open to the public. However, registration is capped at 15 attendees, and we will give priority to grantees of the National Institute on Disabilities, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

The Center on KTDRR does not cover travel costs for attendees. Workshop participants who are also staying at the hotel to attend the NARRTC meeting can extend their conference block to include the evening of May 19th.

Hiram Henriquez is the Creative Director and Lead Graphic Designer for H2H Graphics & Design Inc. He led the Center on KTDRR’s summer 2023 two-part webcast series on infographics. He specializes in 3D illustrations, informational graphics, animation, brand identity, and web design. Hiram’s career includes 14 years at the Miami Herald, where he won multiple individual news illustration, infographics, and design awards and earned two Pulitzer Prizes for team reporting; 3 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel as a senior graphics reporter; and 2 years at National Geographic Magazine as a graphics editor. Hiram also serves as a full-time Senior Lecturer at the University of Miami’s (FL) School of Communication teaching Visual Design and Informational Graphics.

Thomas Watkins is the Principal User Experience (UX) Architect of 3Leaf. He has expertise in interface design for mobile SaaS system architecture, usability research, and data visualization, including designing products to be accessible for people with disabilities.

Unlocking the Mystery of Grey Literature

Using the Grey Literature to Indentify Best Evidence

Have you had a chance to read our new info brief, Using the Grey Literature to Identify Best Evidence? This resource provides a comprehensive overview of navigating nontraditional sources typically excluded from the peer-reviewed realm—so-called grey literature. Authors Mark Johnston and Ronald Seel underscore the importance of leveraging grey literature and describe effective strategies for doing so.

Check it out now and be sure to share with others in your networks interested in systematic reviews and research synthesis.

The Benefits of Brandwatch for NIDILRR Grantees

Are you curious how best to reach your intended audiences with your social media content, blogs, and events? Watch the Center on KTDRR’s first video in a five-part series on Brandwatch, a powerful social media listening tool. Brandwatch can help organizations strategize on how to evaluate their online presence and share project findings with the audiences that matter most. The first video introduces Brandwatch, describes its capabilities, and explains how NIDILRR grantees can use its insights to inform social media activities. KTDRR stands ready to help grantees with technical assistance to support their use of the tool.


Watch now: How Can NIDILRR Grantees Benefit From Using the Social Media Listening Tool Brandwatch

Save the Date for Virtual KT Conference:
October 14, 16, & 18

2024 Virtual KT Conference: Disability Inclustion, Intersectionality, and Knowledge Translation. Join us October 14, 16, 18

Do you have knowledge to share that can help others reach diverse audiences of people with disabilities to inform them of KT activities? If so, we want to hear from you! This year’s conference theme is Disability Inclusion, Intersectionality, and Knowledge Translation. Please consider submitting to present.

The submission deadline is May 3, 2024, 12 midnight ET.

Conference Abstract:
The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research invites you to join in its 2024 virtual knowledge translation (KT) conference. This year’s programming will focus on how to ensure full and equitable inclusion in KT of people with disabilities from a wide range of disabilities. Let's also discuss how KT activities can address intersections of disability with and among gender/sexual orientation, racial/ethnic identity, socioeconomic background, rurality, religion and/or national origin. Inclusive strategies to promote uptake of findings thoughtfully address users' perspectives as understood from this intersectional lens.

We welcome examination of any aspect of the full spectrum of research activities, whether focused research project design, implementation, dissemination, interpretation of findings or on strategies to promote uptake of its findings and measuring their impact. Presentations that themselves illustrate possible methods and tools to overcome ableism and privileging of the researcher’s voice are encouraged. What that looks like is including people with disabilities and other intended knowledge users as presenters or that share information in ways other than lecture. Examples could be a chat show, audience participatory approaches, fishbowl conversations, or an arts-based presentation.

Where: The conference will take place entirely online.
When: October 14, 16, and 18, 2024, 1–4 p.m. (Eastern Time), each day

There is no charge to submit, present, or attend.
To submit an idea for a presentation, please click the button below:

Submit an idea for a presentation

If you have any questions, please email

#ICYMI: Archive of Cultivating Partnership to Advance Your Implementation Project Now Available

Archives are now available for the Center on KTDRR’s most recent webcast, Cultivating Partnerships to Advance Your Implementation Project. The archives include a captioned audio/video file, a transcript, and accessible presentation materials as well as a brief evaluation survey to gather feedback. In the webinar, Dr. Julia E. Moore focuses on practical aspects of building strong partnerships and individual relationships. She also introduces Cultiv8, a tool designed to help teams with action items during partnership-building efforts.

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Join the KTDRR LinkedIn Community

Are you on LinkedIn? If so, make sure to follow KTDRR's recently launched LinkedIn page, where you'll find upcoming training events, valuable resources for knowledge translation professionals, and shout-outs to superstars in the knowledge translation and rehabilitation research fields.


KT Update Wants to Hear from YOU!

Do you have any upcoming public meetings, conference notices, articles, reports, or other resources that you would like the Center on KTDRR to share with the broader KT community? If so, let us know! Please email Felice Trirogoff ( with a brief description (150 words or less), as well as any related and accessible images, relevant URLs, and grantee contact information.

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Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR)

The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant award number 90DPKT0010 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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