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.
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How to assess the quality of evidence in published and unpublished research
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.
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (1995–2011): SEDL’s National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research worked to improve the quality and accessibility of disability and rehabilitation research and to increase its use in influencing policy, shaping new technologies, improving service delivery, and expanding decision-making options for people with disabilities and their families.
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTAC): Southwest and Southeast ADA Centers: SEDL is conducting research to help the Southwest ADA Center and the Southeast ADA Center better tailor their training and resources to the needs of the individuals they serve. The regional DBTACs provide information and resources on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
National Model for Supported Employment and Independent Living and the Independent Living Services Network (ILS-Net) (1987–1989): Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, ILS-Net operated in a five-state region to develop model electronic networking and communication systems for community-based independent living centers. ILS-Net served as the conceptual model for the current Disabled Individuals Movement for Equality Network.
Regional Rehabilitation Exchange: Under a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, SEDL established the Regional Rehabilitation Exchange (RRX). The RRX identified and promoted exemplary rehabilitation and independent living programs and practices in the Southwest, and served as a model for four additional RRX projects nationwide.