Research Projects

Current Research Projects

Advancing Equal Access for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace

Advancing Equal Access for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace will take an evidence-based and community-informed approach to understanding employment accessibility barriers and developing a comprehensive set of accessibility standards, promising practices, and guidelines for advancing employment inclusion for persons with intellectual disabilities. Grounded in the lived experience of people with intellectual disabilities, employers, […]

Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment – TYDE

NEW – Career Construction and Life Design Self Determination and 21st Century Work-Life Skills – A Keynote Address by Dr. Michael Wehmeyer TYDE – February 2019 Newsletter TYDE – December 2018 Newsletter   Find out more at The TYDE Project is a research project of key partners committed to improving the employment outcomes of […]

Sex, Lies & Citizenship

Sex, Lies & Citizenship is a  3 – year community-based participatory theatre project focused on improving sexual health knowledge and positive sexuality among self advocates. The research questions guiding this project are: 1) What are self advocates’ experiences of learning about sexual health and sexuality? 2) What information is needed to achieve successful sexual health education and […]

Promoting Human Flourishing in the Context of Medical Assistance in Dying (2017 – 2018)

The overall aim of this initiative is to develop and share cultural narratives about the meaning of disability, frailty and suffering in the context of an emerging system for Medical Aid in dying (MAiD) in Canada. The initiative is guided by the legislative commitment in the preamble to the Criminal Code provisions for Medical Aid […]

Community Building Now! (2016 – 2018)

The Community Building Now project will engage people with and without disability to work together to research and identify civic issues that can be addressed to build a better community through action influencing positive civic change in Salmon Arm and area. This will be accomplished using Participatory Action Research to bring together a diverse group […]

“Staging, Filming & Accessing Dis/Arts, Culture and Public Pedagogy at UBC: Dis/ARTS ‘StudioLIVE’ on the Campus & in the City”

Together with partners from three Faculties (Education, Arts and the Allard School) and several Departments, the student-centered and driven a AMS and Disability Clubs and members of the Wingspan Collaborative, as well as off-campus City partners, such as the Cultural and Arts’ sectors, & disability arts NGO’s (REAL Wheels, KickStart, Gallery Gachet) will stage a […]

Wingspan “Dis/ability Arts, Culture, & Public Pedagogy: A/r/t/ographies for Access by Youth with Disabilities”. Dis/Arts-based Participatory Research Program

Project Website Wingspan Grand Opening  – October 19, 20, 21 Grand Opening Poster This research cluster asks all to imagine a world in which disabled people are leading active equitable lives with voices which are heard and respected– whose access to the 1) creative artistic practice is unfettered; 2) whose cultural contributions enter the mainstream […]

Legislation, Policy and Services Responses to Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women in Canada (2016 – 2018)

Dis-Able Womens’ Network (DAWN Canada) in collaboration with various partners have spent the last three years working in thirteen communities across Canada with DAWN InFocus initiative to gain a better understanding of the nature and extent of abuse experienced by women with disabilities / disabled women (WWD/DW) in Canada.  A clear message that has emerged […]

Transition to adulthood as goal-directed projects for youth with intellectual disabilities and their parents (2013 – 2016)

The purpose of this three year research project was to identify and describe the naturally occurring processes between parents of young adults with intellectual disability as they navigate the transition to adulthood. Researchers at the University of British Columbia worked with parents of young persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). They studied what parents […]

How can families engage in safe and active recreation with their children living with autism spectrum disorders? (2016 – 2018)

The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is pleased to partner with Dr. Lise Olsen, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health & Social Development, University of British Columbia – Okanagan, on this project. The overall goal of this project is to develop understanding about the factors influencing how families can promote safe, active recreation and […]

Past Research Projects

Ready, Willing and Able Evaluation 2015 -2018
The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship is pleased to present our findings from the evaluation of the national Ready, willing and Able Employment Initiative undertaken over three years 2015 – 2018. Ready, Willing and Able Evaluation Announcement of Findings May 2019 Ready, Willing and Able Evaluation Final Report, January 2018 Ready, Willing and Able Evaluation […]

Examining the Organization of Healthcare for Aging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in BC: A Critical Interpretive Policy Analysis (2014 – 2016)
The study brought together researchers, community living organizations, and healthcare providers to examine the implementation of healthcare policy into practice. In BC, Health Services for Community Living (HSCL) is a provincial policy, introduced following the closure of institutions for adults with ID, which specifically addresses the healthcare needs of this population. The aim of this […]

Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiaitve
Evaluation of the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI). Principal Investigator: Lyn Jongbloed, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Co-investigator: Tim Stainton Professor and Director, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, School of Social Work, UBC. Co-investigator: Donna Drynan, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UBC. Research […]

Individualized Funding
A Comparison of Cost and Service Utilization Across Individualized and Traditional Funding Options This research project, completed in Spring of 2013, concerns the comparison of cost and service utilization across five key modes of service delivery: • Direct funding (85) • Host Agency Funding (123) • Direct funded respite (860) • Funding via micro-board contracts […]

Giving in Action Program Evaluation
The Giving in Action Program Evaluation was a cost benefit analysis of the Giving in Action Fund (GIA) administered by the Vancouver Foundation. The GIA has two components – the Family Independence Fund (FIF) and the Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) – both with a core intent to support individuals and their families […]

Home Sharing: Evaluating the Outcomes for People who have Moved from Group Homes to Home Share
This mixed‐methods research project, initiated and funded by Community Living British Columbia, will evaluate the outcomes for people who have moved from group home living arrangements into home sharing arrangements since 2007. An emphasis will be given to understanding individuals’ satisfaction in their current home sharing experience with special focus on understanding their current quality […]

Home Sharing: Exploring the Experiences of Self Advocates, Home Share Providers and Family Members
Home sharing is a residential living arrangement in which one or more adults with intellectual disability shares a home with an individual or family (non-custodial) who is contracted to provide support. Home sharing is the fastest growing residential option in British Columbia increasing 350% over the past 15 years with over 50% of individuals receiving […]

Mapping Inclusive Employment Practices for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Participatory Research Mapping Approach
This project is developing, implementing and testing an online interactive database, The BC Employment Mapping Tool, that will function as an accessible, searchable online mapping database of best practices concerning the employment of people with developmental disabilities. The tool is being designed to serve as a resource for service providers (employment and community living providers), […]