Consultation Services

The FIND Lab can help you include people with disabilities in your study by:

Helping you recruit people with visual or hearing impairments for your study

  • Distribute your recruitment announcements in formats that are accessible to people with visual or hearing impairments.
  • Distribute your recruitment announcements through agencies serving people with visual or hearing impairments.
  • Plan your study location to be accessible to non-drivers

Helping you make your instruments and your interventions accessible

  • Learn how to use large print effectively: which fonts, font sizes, and background paper help people with low vision to read your printed material.
  • Use questionnaire formats that are accessible to people who use screen reading software.
  • Choose magnifiers that will help people with low vision to see your printed materials.
  • Learn when to use Braille, and how to get a document printed in Braille.
  • Make and use audio or video recordings for people with visual or hearing loss.
  • Choose amplifying equipment that helps people with low hearing to hear you better.
  • Contract with a sign language interpreter to translate for a Deaf person who is in your study.
  • Learn techniques for effective spoken communication with people who have low hearing.
  • Use audio-enabled, tactilely marked, touch-screen computers for questionnaires.

Helping you provide for accessible responses to instruments and interventions

  • Use tactile markings on touch-screen computers for people with visual impairment to respond to questionnaires.
  • Use wide-lined paper and thick, black markers that make clearly-defined lines for record keeping by people with low vision.
  • Use recordings, talking computers, or Braille for narrative diaries for people who cannot see well enough to write.
  • Use simple, tactile systems to help visually impaired people keep records of performance of an intervention.
  • Use simple visual record-keeping systems for Deaf people for whom American Sign Language is a first language, and writing English is difficult.
  • Use nonvisual equipment for self-management interventions: talking thermometer, scale, food scale, blood glucose meter, sphygmomanometer.
  • Work with an Orientation & Mobility specialist to help make an exercise intervention accessible for people with visual impairment.

Start Consulting in the Research Planning Stage

Contact the FIND Lab while you are designing your research, to proactively build in features that will help you include persons with disabilities. However, if you have research already underway and have discovered that you need to make changes to promote greater inclusion, the FIND Lab can provide consultation to help you incorporate elements of UDR within your existing budget.

Contact the FIND Lab by contacting Dr. Ann Williams at 216.368.1704 to arrange a consultation in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Room NO203E.

Limited equipment is also available for loan to research projects.