Adults with Disabilities

Access to high-quality research evidence has the potential to improve 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 Productions Methods Online Course

The Center on Knowledge Tranlastion for Employment Research (KTER) is offering 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 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  • How to assess the quality of evidence in published and unpublished research


Significant Work

Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center: The KTDRR Center 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 national 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 and Rehabilitation Research is funding the 5-year initiative. Learn more

Disability Subgroup of the Campbell Collaboration Education Coordinating Group: SEDL, in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration, has formed 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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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).

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