As Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 comes to a close and NIDILRR’s 40th Anniversary approaches, we would like to take a brief look at some of the projects on Latinx/Hispanics and other minorities with disabilities that NIDILRR has funded over the last 40 years. Below, you will find a small sample of these projects, one from each decade. Click the project title to see a full description of the project, along with any publications they’ve produced which are cataloged in the NARIC Collection:
- 2008 – Present: The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Family Support (90RT5032), funded in 2014, bridges aging and disability research, practice, and policies to generate new knowledge in family supports that contributes to improvements community living, participation, health and function, and other outcomes for people with disabilities from different racial and ethnic backgrounds who are supported by family members. This RRTC provides resources, publications, a State-of-the-Science Conference, and trainings.
- 1998 – 2008: The Rehabilitation Readiness Tool for Latinos with Psychiatric Disabilities (H133G020181), funded in 2002, developed a Rehabilitation Readiness Tool for Latino Consumers with Serious Psychiatric Disabilities. This tool was based on information gathered about the experience of Latino consumers with psychiatric disabilities and could be used by professionals and/or the person’s family or natural support system to assess and develop the person’s readiness for rehabilitation in an effective and culturally appropriate way.
- 1988 – 1998: The project Building Capacity to Foster Effective ADA Implementation in Hispanic Communities (H133D40012), funded in 1994, was designed to address the ADA-related information needs of Hispanics in the US and its territories. The activities of this project supported the development of a strong, local, training and technical assistance service program that addressed the needs of Hispanics with disabilities, employers, business representatives, and others in their communities, states, and regions.
- 1978 – 1988: The Research and Training Center for Access to Rehabilitation and Economic Opportunity (H133B80059), funded in 1988, conducted research on the incidence and prevalence of disabilities among economically disadvantaged populations, including minorities; identified the factors contributing to unemployment among economically disadvantaged individuals with disabilities, developed model programs to help increase the rate of employment; and assessed the availability of various technological aides and devices commercially available.
You can explore more research from the NIDILRR grantee community by browsing through the publications indexed in REHABDATA:
- Research on minorities (including Hispanic/Latino) 2008-present
- Research on minorities (including Hispanic/Latino) 1998-2008
- Research on minorities (including Hispanic/Latino) 1988-1998
- Research on minorities (including Hispanic/Latino) 1978-1988
We look forward to the next 40 years of NIDILRR research in general and on Latinx/Hispanics and minorities with disabilities! If you would like to learn more about the research funded by NIDILRR and other sources on minorities with disabilities, you can search the NARIC collection or contact NARIC’s information specialists by email, chat, or by calling 800/346-2742.