The purpose of this multiphase, mix-methods study is to understand the barriers and facilitators of mobility and social participation for people using different types of assistive devices. Data has been collected in Vancouver (N=55) and Quebec City (N=15), with rectuitment and data collection ongoing.
The aim of this sub-project is to conduct systematic reviews to determine the state of knowledge and research gaps among the mobility and social participation literature, and to develop a testable conceptual model of participation.
Smith, E.M., Sakakibara, B.M., & Miller, W.C. (2014). A review of factors influencing participation in social and community activities for wheelchair users. Disability and Rehabilitation Assistive Technology, 4, 1-14.
The purpose of this project is to quantify the net benefit of hiring and accommodating people with physical disabilities, through a formal cost-benefit analysis. We have begun analyzing data provided by a large Canadian food services company, and are in the process of recruiting additional employers to participate in the project.
This project will test the hypothesis that performance appraisals of people with disabilities tend to be less constructive and useful to the employee than those of people without disabilities. We have completed data collection for a pilot study to help finalize the experimental protocol, and are set to begin preliminary data analysis.
This project examined the work experiences of young, (18-34 years), middle-aged (35-54 years) and older adults (55+ years) living with arthritis to determine the similarities and differences across the life course. We conducted semi-structured focus groups/interviews. Results found that the impact of arthritis on involvement in paid work is not uniform across the life course.
The purpose of this project is to classify the barriers to employment experienced by individuals with physical disabilities. A poster for this project was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP 2015) in April.