Work RERC - User Needs Assessment

User Needs Assessment

Project Team

Project Director: Maureen Linden
Co-Investigators: Scott Haynes, Karen Milchus

Summary / Outcome Goals

The project engages people with disabilities to better understand their ongoing workplace accommodation needs. A key component of the project is the development of a framework in which ongoing participatory action research (PAR) can be supported. This framework consists of a the establishment of a network of individuals with disabilities interested in participating in research and development activities surrounding job accommodations, coupled with an initial broad-based survey of the types of job accommodations that are used to facilitate work. These two building-blocks will allow in-depth examination of the many features that facilitate employment through additional PAR activities such as focus groups, interviews, mini-surveys, and usability studies. The CATEA Consumer Network (CCN) is a network of people with disabilities and older adults. It was established to ensure that the perspectives of individuals with disabilities were accurately represented in all of CATEA’s research. Members of CCN test new prototypes, products and services in order to improve them through focus groups, field-testing and surveys. CCN members are among the first to preview new developments and provide input to make them more usable and accessible If you are a person with a disability who would like to participate in our focus groups, surveys, interviews or product testing, please join CATEA'S CCN.

Recent Research Conducted

Data collection has closed on our broad-based survey that examines the relationships between functional ability, job requirements, and accommodation use. Analysis of this data is currently underway, and results are being formulated and presented.  The goal of the survey is to provide better understanding of the need for accommodations addressing employment barriers. We hope to be better able to match accommodations with specific abilities and job tasks, and in doing so identify barriers that are not adequately addressed and understand how to improve access to employment.

Key Findings

Selected Publications / Presentations