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Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research

 

Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with
Disabilities Research

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Center Mission

The Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR) seeks to increase the capacity of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (VR) and community-based organizations (CBOs like Centers for Independent Living and/or other agencies serving minorities with disabilities) to document the impact of their programs and develop culturally competent services. This effort is conducted in order to promote positive rehabilitation outcomes for minority individuals with disabilities. We propose to develop long-term relationships with agencies, conduct participatory research and demonstration projects, engage in active dissemination efforts, and provide state-of-the art training and technical assistance to professionals and researchers in the field.

The Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Research Activities

1. A participatory process for building agency capacity for conducting program evaluation and improve consumer services. Agencies will receive technical assistance and support services from Center staff to conduct participatory evaluations of their programs. Contact Person: Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar
2. Racial identity and cultural mistrust as psycho-cultural correlates of rehabilitation success for minorities with disabilities. Center staff will work with VR counselors and African American consumers to identify positive rehabilitation outcomes for minorities with disabilities. Contact Person: Reginald Alston.
3. Investigating the Intersection of Disability and Race in Self Views of Latinos and African Americans with Disabilities. Center staff will work with minority individuals with disabilities to understand the intersection of disability and race in their self views. Contact Person: Carol Gill.
4. Disability determination and provision of vocational rehabilitation services: How good are the tools that are used? Center staff will review assessment instruments commonly utilized in VR to determine eligibility of services. Contact Person: Brigida Hernandez
5. Developing standards for culturally competent and linguistically appropriate research. Center staff will review the literature in order to develop a comprehensive synthesis and analysis of the current status and gaps in the methodologies used in research on minorities and disability. Contact Person: Glenn Fujiura

Dissemination Activities

1. Standards for culturally competent and linguistically appropriate research with minorities with disabilities. Topics include getting entry into community settings, sampling, research designs, and data collection methodologies
2. Researchers’ and practitioners´ guides for effective outreach to minority with disabilities
3. Researchers’ guide for dissemination of relevant information to minority consumers with disabilities
4. Practitioners’ guides for providing culturally competent services to minorities with disabilities

CENTER COLLABORATORS

Director

Fabricio E. Balcazar, Ph.D.
Department of Disability and Human Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago
e-mail: fabricio@uic.edu

Associate Director

Yolanda Suárez-Balcazar, Ph.D.
Department of Occupational Therapy,
University of Illinois at Chicago
e-mail: ysuarez@uic.edu

Coordinator

Tina Ritzler, M.A.
Department of Disability and Human Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago
e-mail: tritzler@uic.edu

Research Collaborators:

Reginald Alston, Ph.D.
Department of Rehabilitation,
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
e-mail: alston@uiuc.edu

Glenn Fujiura, Ph.D.
Department of Disability and Human Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago
e-mail: gfujiura@uic.edu

Carol Gill, Ph.D.
Department of Disability and Human Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago
e-mail: cg16@uic.edu

Kimberly Hall, M.A. (Coordinator West)
Department of Psychology,
University of Illinois at Chicago
e-mail: khall@uic.edu

Brígida Hernández, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology,
DePaul University
e-mail: bhernan4@depaul.edu

Christopher B. Keys, Ph.D. (Coordinator Midwest)
Department of Psychology,
DePaul University
e-mail: ckeys@depaul.edu

Paul Leung, Ph.D. (Coordinator South)
Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work & Addictions,
University of North Texas
e-mail: pleung@unt.edu

Maria Restrepo-Toro, Ph.D. (Coordinator East)
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation,
Boston University
e-mail: mertoro@bu.edu

Henry Scalpcane, B.A. (Coordinator North)
American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center,
University of Montana
e-mail: ableson@ruralinstitute.umt.edu

Celestine Willis, Training Coordinator
Department of Disability and Human Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago
e-mail: willisc@uic.edu

Contact Information:


Nahrain Israel, 312-413-1806 (voice)
312-413-1804 (Fax)
312-413-0453 (TDD)
Website: www.uic.edu/orgs/empower

 

LINKS:

Center team

Conceptual Framework of the Research and Training Activities

PowerPoint presentation of the project

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