Exciting Research Opportunity!

Researchers at the University of Victoria are interested in examining the different ways that parental caregivers of adult children (i.e., 19 years of age and older) with intellectual disabilities (i.e., significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behaviours, which extends to a variety of social and practical skills) plan for the future of their children.  If you are the parent of an adult child with an intellectual disability, you are eligible to participate.

The information obtained through this research could aid in developing methods for better assisting and supporting parental caregivers as they face the challenging task of planning for the future of their loved ones.

Participation in this research involves completing a brief electronic questionnaire. In addition, if agreed to, there is the possibility that participants will be contacted at a later date for a follow-up audio-recorded phone interview. Participants are under no obligation to agree to follow-up contact.

If you are interested in participating or have further questions, please contact Megan at cainesm@uvic.ca or 250-858-5836.

Thank you for considering this research project!

Volunteers with disabilities needed for Canadian Archival Website Accessibility Research Study

The goal of this study is to inform archivists about potential accessibility and usabilityRusty padlock barriers present on archival websites, and educate them on how to improve websites for all viewers. As well, this study will compare the experiences of users with disabilities to those from users without disabilities, in order to chart whether there are similarities or differences in the barriers found.

Volunteers may live anywhere in the world, have any level of computer/internet experience and don’t need any experience using an archives. The study is seeking people with visual disabilities (including blind, low vision, colour blind, etc.), physical disabilities (includes those who have limited or no use of arms or hands, etc.), cognitive/neurological/learning disabilities (includes those with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, etc.), auditory disabilities (deaf and hard of hearing) and/or multiple disabilities.

More information about the study and contact information: http://www.lisasnider.ca/content/volunteers-needed-archival-website-research-study

Contact Lisa Snider, the Co-Investigator of the research study, at lsnider@interchange.ubc.ca or at (604) 347-5913

Wanted: Participants for Focus Group on Health Care Communication

The BC Coalition for People with Disabilities is seeking 8-10 people aged 40 and older with chronic health issues/disabilities for a focus group. Participants will discuss their experiences communicating with health care professionals. The purpose of this discussion is to identify improvements or strategies that could be used to increase successful interaction.

The focus group findings will be used for an article on communication in health care situations and participant input will be kept anonymous.

No honourarium is available but light refreshments will be provided.

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:00-3:30 pm

Where: BCCPD office, #204-456 West Broadway, Vancouver

If you are interested, please contact Shelley by emailing wdi@bccpd.bc.ca or phoning 604-875-0188.