Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

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Research Study: Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes

When you are at work, how does the way you get around the workplace or take part in meetings affect whether or not you feel like "part of the team?"  How do workplace design and coworker actions help you participate in the workplace?

We are studying how the work environment affects an employee’s ability to take part in work activities and his or her sense of inclusion. Our findings will suggest actions that employers can take to make their workplaces more accessible and welcoming.

We are currently seeking full-time employees with disabilities to participate in the study. We would like the employee’s supervisor to also agree to answer a short survey, but that is not a requirement for participation. Employee responses will not be shared with the supervisor.

To take part in this study, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Have a disability, including vision, hearing, mobility, manipulation, speech, and/or cognitive disability.
  • Currently be employed for at least 20 hours per week in a physical work setting (for example, an office or retail store).
  • Have been employed in your current job for more than 1 year.
  • Work with at least one other employee.
  • Have disclosed your disability to employer.
  • Work in the United States
  • Be fluent in English

If you are selected for this study you will complete three online surveys, which will take approximately 60 minutes. If you are unable or prefer not to use a computer, we can administer the surveys during a telephone interview. You will receive $100 as compensation for your time.

If you are interested, please contact Frances Harris or Karen Milchus at the Georgia Institute of Technology at:

(404) 894-4960

About This Research

This study is supported by Grant 90DP0049 (formerly H133A120120) of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The opinions shared about this project are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of NIDILRR or ACL.

Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta, GA 30332-0156 (for shipping, please use 30318)

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