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How VR Services Affect Employment Outcomes for Adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP)

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Cerebral Palsy (CP) is considered the most common childhood disability.  It can result in lifelong speech and language impairments, sensory deficits, intellectual disabilities, behavioral problems, and seizures. Rates of employment for people with CP in the United States are reported to be lower than for those with other types of disabilities. The purpose of this research was to learn how …

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RRTC-EBP-VR Phase II Executive Summary

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The National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) have emphasized the focus on EBP in all research projects publicly funded through NIDRR. There is emphasis on the meaning of research findings and translating and disseminating evidence-based practices so they affect and inform practice and policy NIDDR and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), as the major funding sources of rehabilitation …

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Research Synopsis Fall 2013

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The following summary provides a synopsis of research previously completed or currently underway through the RRTC-EBP-VR. This work is established at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Stout through a grant from the Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Research partners at Michigan State University, the University of Texas-El Paso, and Southern …

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Emphasizing the Positive: The Role of Attachment Style, Social Support, and Coping on Happiness in Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries

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Approximately 19%, or 56.7 million, of people in the United States have a disability that affects how they function in their daily activities.  These individuals’ attachment styles, approaches to coping, and levels and types of social support have been identified as indicators of how well they will positively adjust to disability.  The purpose of this research was to examine how …

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Measuring Adaptation to Disability: Validation of the Brief Adaptation to Disability Scale – Revised

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Research suggests that individuals with higher levels of disability acceptance experience higher levels of functional independence and life satisfaction.  Disability acceptance is an indication of readiness to pursue appropriate social and career goals, gain new skills, integrate disability into self-identity, and restore positive self-worth.  This study was conducted to validate the use of the B-ADS-R to measure disability acceptance in …

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Targeted Interventions to Increase Community Participation and Life Satisfaction in Consumers

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Evidence from the past two decades suggests hope can act as a personal asset, particularly for people with disabilities, and result in increased community participation and life satisfaction.  As proposed by Snyder’s theory, hope is open to change and can be taught.  The purpose of this research was to evaluate Snyder’s hope theory as a motivational model of participation and …

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Measuring Hope: Use of the Trait Hope Scale for People with Disabilities

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Snyder’s Hope Theory states that hope results from a combination of believing there is a way to achieve personal goals and being motivated to take action to pursue those goals.   Hope contributes to positive psychosocial adjustment outcomes, including academic achievement and physical and mental health, in people with chronic illness and disability.  It also results in greater life satisfaction, self-esteem, and …

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Promoting Physical Activity and Exercise in People with Spinal Cord Injuries using Pender’s Health Promotion Model

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Secondary conditions of a disability, such as pain, depression, pressure sores, and respiratory illness, often increase the functional disability of an individual by limiting their ability to engage in key life activities, such as employment and leisure pursuits. People with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are particularly vulnerable to secondary conditions due to physical limitations and a sedentary lifestyle.  Increased exercise …

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Self-Assessment Tool: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Training Needs and Competence – SAP-SASC

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The goal of state-federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) systems is to provide high quality and culturally appropriate services to consumers. To accomplish this, VR counselors must be trained in both traditional and emerging practices. The Systems Approach to Placement: Self-Assessment for Students and Counselors (SAP-SASC) is designed to measure state VR Counselors’ self-reported levels of knowledge and skill in critical areas …

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The Benefit of Rating Physical Activity for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness

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Individuals with severe mental illness are at greater risk for certain physical health problems, including type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, when compared to the general population. Approximately 50% of individuals with severe mental illness have at least one physical health problem, and nearly 35% have physical health problems that are undiagnosed or untreated. In addition, 60% of individuals with …