Adults with Disabilities

Access to high-quality research evidence has the potential to positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The Disability Research to Practice (DRP) program at SEDL conducts rigorous systematic reviews of available research to determine what is known about disability-oriented programs, services, and policies and if they really work.

Online Training

Knowledge Production Methods Online Course

The Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center offers a free web-based course titled Knowledge Production Methods. The course focuses on how to conduct a high-quality systematic review. We invite participants from projects under the employment outcomes priority and Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training projects as well as other grantees funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research or the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Other interested individuals may also participate.

The course is designed to develop skills needed to conceptualize, prepare, and develop a systematic review. Participants will learn the following skills:

  • Understanding of the rationale and processes of intervention research and systematic reviews as the foundation for informed clinical practice and evidence-based decision making
  • Techniques for effective and efficient data management throughout the systematic review process
  • How to assess the quality of evidence in published and unpublished research

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Significant Work

Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research: The Center on KTDRR builds on the work of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research to assist disability and rehabilitation researchers in getting their research results into the hands of the people who can use the information—employers, policymakers, service providers, and people with disabilities and their families. Staff accomplish this mission through information dissemination, technical assistance, training, and other services. Learn more



Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center: SEDL is partnering with Virginia Commonwealth University to operate the KTER Center. The Center's work includes synthesizing and disseminating high-quality research on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, and identifying and testing strategies that encourage the use of research. The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research is funding the 5-year initiative. Learn more

Disability Subgroup of the Campbell Collaboration Education Coordinating Group: SEDL staff worked with the Campbell Collaboration to form a Disability Subgroup within the Education Coordinating Group. The subgroup’s mission is to provide support and resources for disability researchers conducting systematic reviews and to increase the involvement of people with disabilities and their families in the review process.

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Resources

Image of publication cover Strategies for Reemployment of Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: KTER Center Technical Brief #1
This brief describes a June 2011 study to identify strategies for reemploying people with disabilities who lost their jobs due to the economic downturn in 2007–2009, known as "the Great Recession."
Image of publication cover Benefits of Supported Employment for Workers with Intellectual Disabilities: KTER Center Technical Brief #2
This brief presents an overview of The National Cost-Efficiency of Supported Employees with Intellectual Disabilities: The Worker's Perspective (Cimera, 2010).
Image of publication cover Knowledge and Application of Evidence-Based Practice by State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Staff: KTER Center Technical Brief #3
This brief presents some preliminary research findings as part of the KTER Center's research agenda focusing on evidence related to employment services for individuals with disabilities.
Image of publication cover State Differences in Knowledge and Application of Evidence-Based Practice by Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Staff: KTER Center Technical Brief #4
The Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center at SEDL and its partner, Virginia Commonwealth University, conducted an online survey of staff in state vocational rehabilitation agencies regarding their knowledge and use of evidence-based practice (EBP). This technical brief reports our findings, reporting state differences concerning the use of research, and discussing EBP in employment services for individuals with disabilities.
Image of publication cover Highlights from a KTER Center Systematic Review: Behavioral, Psychological, Educational and Vocational Interventions to Facilitate Employment Outcomes for Cancer Survivors: KTER Center Technical Brief #5

This technical brief presents the findings and implications for Behavioral, Psychological, Educational and Vocational Interventions to Facilitate Employment Outcomes for Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review.

Image of publication cover Highlights from a KTER Center Systematic Review—Employment Interventions for Return to Work in Working Aged Adults Following Traumatic Brain Injury: KTER Center Technical Brief #6
This technical brief presents the findings and implications for Employment Interventions for Return to Work in Working Aged Adults Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Systematic Review.
Image of publication cover Behavioral, Psychological, Educational and Vocational Interventions to Facilitate Employment Outcomes for Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review

The objective of this systematic review is to examine experimental and quasi-experimental studies about interventions that (i) include one or more behavioral, psychological, educational, or vocational components, (ii) involve cancer survivors aged 18 years or older, and (iii) assess intervention outcomes on employment outcomes. The aims are both to describe the variety of interventions that have been studied using rigorous methods and to estimate intervention effects.

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