Research: Project 31

Designing innovative solutions and studying barriers to accessibility at Minority Serving Higher Education Institutions in the United States

CAMI's current research study explores the academic experiences of students with print-related disabilities.

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Students are able to participate in the research study only if the institution that they attend is participating in the research study. Students attending participating institutions must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be diagnosed with a documented print-related disability (those that impair their ability to read standard print, including but not limited to, visual impairment, learning disabilities, or motor disabilities).
  • Be actively enrolled as a first-year or second-year student in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Identify as an ethnic/racial minority.

In addition to contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge about the academic experiences of students with print-related disabilities, students will receive financial compensation up to $375, based on participation in surveys and other selective activities over the duration of the study.

Students who agree to participate will be asked to spend 3-8 hours of time each year on certain annual activities. Students will participate in the following activities:

  • Stay in regular communication with the Disability Service Office at their institution.
  • Complete online questionnaires.
  • Create and maintain a current personal profile in the database application.

Students of participating institutions also may be required to:

  • Meet with a Disability Services staff member approximately once or twice a year to discuss academic experiences.
  • Attend focus groups to discuss academic experiences with a CAMI researcher, which will occur once or twice a year during the study and require about 1.5 hours per session.
  • Evaluate digital accessible textbooks.

Institutional preparation for the research will begin in the spring of 2016, and the program will run through summer 2018. The study will likely be extended for an additional year in order to track student academic program completion.

Dr. Julie Ancis from Institute Diversity and Dr. Christopher Lee of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology are conducting the study. WestEd is serving as the external evaluator.

Institutions and students are free to terminate participation at any time.