Building Capacity for Diverse Voices in Disability-Related Research June 4, 2024 at 11:15 am

The evidence informing this presentation is a combination of lived experiences and literature. To illustrate, a recent research project exploring pregnancy in multiple marginalized communities shared with the lead presenter that they struggle to recruit participants which may be attributed to a lack of understanding on where these multiply marginalized communities (MMC) “look” for information related to research opportunities. Posting recruitment materials in churches, grocery stories, etc. may increase the number of participant responses. Additionally, given the NIH’s 2023 decision, we anticipate there will be an increase in the amount of funded research opportunities available to institutions, individuals, and organizations. Providing these entities with pragmatic strategies for building capacity and creating intentional research designs that incorporate the perspectives of MMCs, as determined by multiply marginalized individuals, is essential to ensure an intersectional framework is included in all phases of the research process, from recruitment to dissemination.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Attendees will be able to identify systemic barriers (racism, sexism, ableism, etc.) that negatively impeded implementation of culturally-responsive disability-related research projects in multiply marginalized communities.
2. Attendees will explore varied empowering methodologies and theories that support culturally-responsive disability-related research that focus on capacity building and outreach in multiply marginalized communities.
3. Attendees will explore pragmatic, evidence-informed strategies for conducting culturally-responsive disability-related research within multiply marginalized communities.


Dopson, McDonald
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