Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

OT Study of Interest to RTs Seeks Subjects

A study is being conducted by the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy in collaboration with Paraquad, Inc. This research is funded by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the US Department of Education.

I am sending this information along for a couple of reasons. First, it is a type of research that could have easily been conducted by RT faculty who can apply for grants through NIDRR. It may be that RT faculty will want to do similar research and be able to pursue funding from NIDRR. For instance, this study involves only those who live in the community. It might be RT researchers could study those in assisted-living facilities.

Second, it may be that RTs may have clients who may wish to take part as participants in the study. RTs might encourage such participation and then be able to learn about the research study as they assist their clients to complete surveys. The study seeks participants with sensory and/or mobility impairments. The qualifications follow:

If you have a sensory impairment and/or mobility impairment, you may be eligible to participate in a new research project. This research aims to understand what people with sensory and/or mobility impairments do in their daily lives, how their environments affect their community participation and what, if any, help they need to complete activities.

Eligibility requires that you:

Are between the ages of 18 and 75

Live in the community

Have access to a computer

Can read at or above the 6th grade level

Can enter responses into a web-based survey or direct another individual to enter your responses into a web-based survey

Have either a mobility impairment, a visual impairment, or a hearing impairment

If eligibility is established, you will receive a code to log on to the survey site and complete the study. All information will be kept confidential and no connection between you and your survey answers will be made. Participants will be reimbursed by either a personal check or by a gift certificate to either Target or Walgreens, and may choose the method of reimbursement they prefer. The web-based assessment contains a set of two surveys and will take approximately one hour to complete.


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