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Kessler Foundation collaborates with UNH on NIDRR Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant
Date:12/20/2013

West Orange, NJ. December 20, 2013. Kessler Foundation scientists John O'Neill, PhD, CRC and Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, were awarded a subcontract on the University of New Hampshire's (UNH) Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC). The five-year grant is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) under cooperative agreement H133B130015. Economist Andrew Houtenville, PhD, of UNH's Institute on Disability, is project director of the StatsRRTC grant, which totals $4.3 million. The Kessler subcontract is valued at $398,115. Dr. O'Neill is director of Disability & Employment Research; Dr. Botticello is a research scientist in Outcomes & Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation.

According to Dr. O'Neill, the goal of the StatsRRTC is to bridge the divide between the producers and end users of disability statistics, supporting better data collection, more accurate information, better decision-making, more effective programs, and better lives for people with disabilities. Drs. O'Neill and Botticello will collaborate on three Stats RRTC research projects. These projects, which are summarized below, will address highly relevant and current policy issues, increasing the likelihood that the data will be used by policymakers to make informed, evidence-based decisions about programs and policies that impact people with disabilities. Researchers will focus on the disparities in various outcomes between people with and without disabilities and trends for program participation.

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Past research indicates that problems in question wording as well as the content and context of data collection have created measurement error that has obscured the relationship between vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and employment outcomes. This research will address these shortcomings by developing
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