- This Choices Newsletter offers an overview and key findings of the Choices In Transition model implemented by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in partnership with the Advocacy and Empowerment for Minorities with Disabilities program at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).The mission of the program is to disseminate an empirically tested transition curriculum to help youth with disability prepare for careers after graduating from high school. This curriculum includes classroom activities for participating students and a teacher’s guide with lesson plans.The project also attempts to empirically examine the various degrees of support that teachers require in order to implement the curriculum in their classrooms effectively and provides training for parents for their children’s transition from high school to work or higher education. The curriculum was developed and evaluated through a 5 year research and demonstration project with the Chicago Public Schools.
The Capacity Builder
Volume 1, Issue 1 – July 2005
- The first newsletter of the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research describes the six research and training activities of the Center. The projects are related to evaluation capacity building, cultural mistrust in vocational rehabilitation service provision, the cultural appropriateness of psychological assessments to determine disability, disability identity among African Americans and Latinos, conceptual and methodological issues in disability and rehabilitation research, and cultural competence.
Volume 2, Issue 1 – April 2006
- The second newsletter of the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research highlights the work of two of our research collaborators, Dr. Brigida Hernandez and Dr. Glenn Fujiura. Dr. Hernandez and her colleagues are assessing the cultural appropriateness of psychological tests used in VR. Dr. Fujiura and his colleagues are investigating the meaning of race and disability in research. This second issue also includes information about our recent and upcoming accomplishments.
Volume 3, Issue 1 – March 2007
- The third newsletter of the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research includes short articles based on two of the Center’s projects. In the first, Dr. Reginald Alston proposes instituting an outcome-oriented agenda for rehabilitation. In the second, Maria Restrepo-Toro and Deborah Delman summarize some of the experiences of our evaluation collaboration in Massachusetts. This third issue also includes information about recent accomplishments and upcoming events.
Volume 4, Issue 1 – December 2007
- The fourth newsletter of the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research shares news of our Disability, Race and Culture: The State-of-the-Science Conference, held in Chicago, July 25 to 27, 2007. Presenters were leading national scholars whose work focuses on the nexus of disability, race and culture. The conference also included practitioners and advanced graduate students who reflected on the work presented and shared their reflections in a closing plenary. We are currently working on publishing an edited volume based on the conference presentations and reflections. We will include updates on the status of the book in future newsletters.
Volume 5, Issue 1 – March 2009
- The fifth newsletter of the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research includes two short articles about the Center’s capacity building work and an update on the Center’s forthcoming book. In this issue, we feature a success story from our evaluation capacity building work in a community-based organization in Chicago and present reflections on our cultural competence training efforts. In addition, we are excited to report an update on our forthcoming book.