Office of Undergraduate Research

Community Engagement for People with Disabilities

For people with disabilities, participating in ones community centers around the values of active and meaningful engagement, choice, and control. Eleven percent of Milwaukee county residents (approximately 350,000 individuals) between the ages of 21 and 64 have physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities that interfere with daily life functions. These residents are generally well educated (82.5% with a high school degree or higher), however only 43.7% are employed. These numbers represent only younger adults. For adults over the age of 65, 37.8% live with a disability, and their needs to manage health care, daily activities and social engagement requires consistent, reliable, accessible transportation. The goal of the projects in the lab is to focus on exploring barriers and facilitators of community engagement for people with disabilities in Milwaukee County. Our projects are diverse, as we explore issues of transportation, physical activity, internal and external barriers that impact success.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Project management including collaboration with other partners in the lab Data collection including interacting with local partners Data analysis Presentation of findings