The Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities is involved in a number of research, evaluation and program development activities that relate to our mission and priorities.
Dr. Linda Hickson & Dr. Ishita Khemka
Research and Curriculum Development on Decision Making
Ongoing research studies are underway to better understand how adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism make decisions in a wide range of situations. Data were collected with 60 adults with intellectual disabilities and autism to evaluate the effectiveness of the most recent version of the ESCAPE-DD curriculum. In addition, data were collected with 23 adolescents with intellectual disabilities and autism to assess the effectiveness of a newly developed intervention designed to foster effective decision making in situations involving negative peer pressure and bullying. This project involved needs assessment with parents and school staff, pre-assessments with the adolescents, and feedback sessions with parents and staff.
A Saturday Enrichment Program for Chinese-American Children with Autism and their Families
A Saturday enrichment program is designed for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their parents. This program offered by Teachers College, Columbia University and Chinese Christian Herald Crusades Autism Ministry aims to (a) improve communication skills, social skills, and adaptive behavior in Chinese-American children with ASDs, and (b) decrease parental stress, increase parental confidence, and increase quality of life in Chinese-American parents of children with ASDs.
Dr. Christine E. Pawelski
Child Abuse and Children with Disabilities Program Development and Advocacy
Since the 1980s, the New York State’s Department of Social Services and its Children’s Justice Task Force program efforts have consistently identified children with disabilities as a vulnerable population for child abuse in all of its forms. As a result, it provided support for the development of a CD-ROM on the issues. In 2007 this was launched as a website (http://childabuse.tc.columbia.edu/) with continuing work being done on enhancing and updating the resources and videos that are provided. The Project also is involved with the development of strategies related to disabilities for use with Child Advocacy Centers around the country. In 2010, the team helped to launch the global Disability and Child Abuse Action Network (DCAAN- http://dcaan.com whose mission is the ongoing policy development, training and research in this critical area. In 2012, the project team launched the Future Child Advocates of America undergraduate initiative (see FCAA).
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