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Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research


ADA Advocacy Project || Disabiling Bullet || Choices in Transition || College Connection || Youth Leadership Development Project || Young Moms with Disabilities || Barriers to Employment among African Americans With Disabilities || Evaluation of the Assistive Technology Needs of Latinos with Disabilities || Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CBMDR)

ADA Advocacy Project

Taking it to the Streets: Minorities seeking to improve the accessibility of their communities

Objectives of the project

  1. Describe the purpose of the Taking it to the Streets project
  2. Review the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    Specifically Title III- Public Accommodations
  3. Conduct a training on how to conduct an ADA accessibility survey in your communit

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Disabiling Bullet

Dates: 1999-2003
Population: Minority Youth with Violence Acquired Spinal Cord Injuries
Funding Source: OSEP

Purpose: To develop, implement and evaluate a peer-mentor program for young men with spinal cord injuries as a result of a gunshot wound. The program is geared toward helping individuals with violence-related disabilities set and achieve goals. These goals include helping some of these young men continue their learning or find employment. Find out more

Choices in Transition

Dates: 2004-2006
Population: Minority Youth with Disabilities attending Chicago Public High Schools, teachers and parents
Funding Source: OSEP

Purpose: To disseminate curriculum and procedures to promote transition from school to post-secondary education and employment and experimentally evaluate the relative effectiveness of common approaches for information dissemination and curriculum implementation support. Find out more

College Connection

Dates: 2000-2005
Population: Minority Special Education Graduates
Funding Source: RSA

Purpose: Provide comprehensive supports to facilitate the successful transition from High School to Community College Programs for career development that will result in competitive employment. Develop the capacity of CPS, City Colleges of Chicago and the Office of Rehabilitation Services of Illinois to implement project strategies. Find out more

Youth Leadership Development Project

Dates: 1996-present
Population: High School youth with disabilities
Funding Source: Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

Purpose: Provide summer training program to promote leadership skills among participants. Includes personal skills development, as well as leadership training.

Young Moms with Disabilities

Dates: 2002-2004
Population: Minority Special Education Female Students who are Mothers, and Dropout Female Students who are also mothers
Funding Source: OSEP Graduate Student Dissertation Award

Purpose: Conduct a qualitative evaluation of the reasons why some young African American and/or Latino mothers are able to stay in school and why some others dropout when they become mothers.

Barriers to Employment among African Americans With Disabilities

Dates: 2003-2004
Population: African American Adults with Disabilities
Funding Source: Disability Research Institute Award, Social Security Administration

Purpose: To examine the perceived barriers for securing employment among African American Adults with Disabilities and their satisfaction with vocational rehabilitation services

Evaluation of the Assistive Technology Needs of Latinos with Disabilities

Dates: 2003-2004
Population: Latino Adults with Physical or Sensory Disabilities
Funding Source: Contract from NIDRR

Purpose: A national survey of the AT needs of adults with disabilities yielded very few Latino respondents. This contract intended to collect 150 responses from Latinos from both rural and urban communities regarding AT needs and barriers for obtaining or utilizing AT devices and supports

The Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CBMDR)

increases the capacity of community-based organizations (CBOs like Centers for Independent Living and other agencies) serving minorities with disabilities and State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (VR) to involve consumers in identifying service needs.

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