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Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities
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
Dr. Hickson and Dr. Khemka’s research is focused on gaining a better understanding of how adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) make decisions in a wide range of situations. Their curriculum development initiatives have resulted in the recently completed ESCAPE-NOW (Khemka & Hickson, 2015) curriculum, which was designed to empower adults with IDD to resist abuse, and PEER-DM (Khemka & Hickson, 2012), which was developed to foster effective decision making by adolescents with IDD in situations involving peer coercion and bullying. Both of these curriculum development efforts have been based on research and evaluation studies to ensure the effectiveness of the curricula.
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.