The purpose of this project is to evaluate sport and physical activity participation among youth with physical and sensory disabilities across Canada. Two telephone-based interviews were conducted among 50 youth to collect data related to sport and physical activity participation, along with levels of motivation, and perceptions of parental social support for sport and physical activity.
This study aims to answer the following research questions:
1) Where do people who use different types of mobility assistive devices (i.e., power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, and canes) go?
2) What do people who use different types of mobility assistive devices do?
3) What are the personal and neighbourhood physical and social environmental facilitators and barriers for mobility and social participation among people with mobility impairments?
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.