• Research Study One

    Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know About Employment: A Mixed Methods Research Study

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  • Research Study Two

    Successful Employment and Quality Work Life after Severe Disability: Comparison of Predictive Models with Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Cord Injury

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  • Research Study Three

    Customized Employment as an Evidence-based Practice to Improve the Employment Outcomes of Transition-age Youth with Physical Disabilities

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  • Research Study Four

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Multi-Component Demand-Side Intervention Toolkit for VR Professionals to Improve Employment Outcomes of People with Physical Disabilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial Study

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  • Research Study Five

    An Exploration of Employment Barriers and Employment Skill Enhancement of Veterans with Traumatic Amputation

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Barriers and facilitators to employment as reported by people with physical disabilities: An across disability type analysisExtant research has reported on the factors associated with seeking and maintaining employment for individuals with different types of physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy (CP), multiple sclerosis (MS), and spinal cord injuries (SCI). Some of these factors are barriers and others are facilitators. However, research has not determined whether the inhibiting and facilitating employment experiences of people with physical disabilities are similar across type of physical disability.

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From bathing and dressing to eating a meal, Michael Whitten needs a helping hand in almost aspect of his life. Michael, who weighed just two pounds and two ounces when he was born premature December 4, 1994, lives with Cerebral Palsy. In the 23 years since his birth, Michael has endured nearly 40 surgeries and countless stares in public from young and old, his mom Brenda said.