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