Current Research Activities
Employment Outcomes Research
In 2015, researchers at the NRTC proposed six major research projects in response to the priority issued by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for an RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments. The purpose of this RRTC is to conduct research that generates new knowledge about the efficacy of rehabilitation services and technology used to support improved employment outcomes for this population, including three specific subpopulations: youth who are B/VI, people who are deaf-blind, and people with combined traumatic brain injury and B/VI. Our proposal won this competitive grant (NIDILRR grant 90RT5040-01-00), and we began working on these six new research projects, training and technical assistance activities, and dissemination in October 2015. A brief description of each research project follows. Click on the project title for more information about the project.
Click the link below to learn more about these elements of the 2015-2020 RRTC on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment:
- Training and Technical Assistance We will develop a large number of outputs and products through this RRTC; each research project and associated dissemination activities will involve measurable outputs. An example of outputs are a minimum of 18 peer-reviewed publications, 11 conference presentations, an app, an intervention manual, two policy or practice guides, and online courses (five short and one multi-module). All of these products will be available through our website. A national Advisory Council, with representatives from 10 consumer and professional organizations, will provide guidance to the projects and help disseminate results.
Older Blind Program Evaluations
We conduct evaluations of state rehabilitation programs providing independent living services to older individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired, under the Title VII-Chapter 2 program.
- Alabama (Farrow, PI)
- Georgia (Antonelli, PI)
- New Jersey (Farrow, PI)
- Virginia (Steverson, PI)
Consumer Satisfaction Studies
We conduct an annual consumer satisfaction study for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS). The purpose of the study is to help ADRS improve their services based on feedback from the people that they serve.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services – Blind Services (McDonnall, PI)
Needs Assessments & Randolph-Sheppard BEP Program Evaluations
We conduct comprehensive needs assessments and evaluations of the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Programs for state VR agencies upon request. Please contact Michele McDonnall at 662-325-2001 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.