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Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities

Center Projects

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. 


Dr. Hsu-Min Chiang 

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. Young Seh Bae

Dr. Young Seh Bae is an expert in developmental disabilities and youth mental health.  Currently, Dr. Bae is working on the following projects in collaboration with several different community organizations and New York State agencies.
1. Community Mental Health Awareness Project focus on Asian Youth in Immigrant Communities: The purpose of this project is to increase awareness of mental health issues in Asian immigrant families in NYC areas.  The project involves working with parents, advocates and educators in immigrant communities in NYC area to provide family education, support and youth dialogue programs. The project is supported by the Korean American Behavioral Health Association (KABHA).
2. Education for Families with Developmental Disabilities: Parents and families in Korean-American communities are receiving trainings, information resources and supports through collaboration with Include NYC, KABHA and Korean-American Alliance for Families with Developmental Disabilities (KAAFaD).
3. Sexuality Education for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A pilot project and sexuality education workshops are provided with a funding from KABHA and New York State Developmental Disability Council.
If you have any questions or are interested in participatinn in any of the programs, please contact Dr. Young Seh Bae at