Research Participant Information Sheet

STUDY TITLE: Competency-based Training for Employment Service Providers and the Competitive Integrated Outcomes of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

VCU INVESTIGATOR: Katherine Inge, (804) 828-5956, Principal Investigator

SPONSOR: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services.

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Description of the Research Project

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University is inviting rehabilitation service providers to participate in a survey on their training needs. This information is provided to assist you in thinking about whether or not you want to complete the survey. For the purpose of this survey, rehabilitation services providers include employment specialists, job developers, job coaches, program managers of supported and customized employment services, and others who are directly involved in providing employment services. The information from the survey will assist the RRTC in developing resources and materials for employment specialists on how to support individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment.

Having experiences with workers who have disabilities is required to complete the survey. You also must be at least 18 years of age and live in the United States. But, please do not complete this survey if you are not at least 18 years of age, do not live in the United States, or are not a rehabilitation service provider (e.g., employment specialist, job developer, job coach, program manager of employment services, etc). If you do live in the United States, are at least 18 years of age, and provide employment services to individuals with disabilities, please continue to review this information to decide if you would like to participate in the survey.

What Will Happen if I Participate?

You will complete a survey that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey includes questions on training needs of employment specialists. You will be asked if you think information on specific topics is needed or not needed for employment specialists to do their jobs. You will also be asked your opinion on reasons why people with disabilities may or may not get jobs in community businesses. Finally, you will be asked questions about your background that will be used to analyze the information that you provide. This includes how long you have been employed, your level of education, wages, and other general questions.

You may skip any questions that are asked that you do not want to answer. You will not be asked to provide your name or personal information as part of the survey, and the staff at the RRTC will not be able to connect your answers to you. If you need an accommodation to complete the survey, there is a link at the end of this information where you can submit your request.

At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to be entered into a random drawing for a $10.00 gift card. One hundred participants who complete this survey will be randomly selected to receive these cards. There is no guarantee that you will be randomly selected to receive a gift card. Recipients will be contacted by email when participants are randomly selected. Your name, and email address will be confidential and kept separately from the information collected on the survey. Your survey responses will never be linked to your name and email address. Your name will never be disclosed to anyone other than the study coordinator who manages emailing of the gift card information.


Your participation in this study is confidential and voluntary. You do not have to complete the survey or answer questions that you do not want to answer once you begin. You can stop your participation in the survey at any time.

Federal or state laws may require us to show information to university or government officials (or sponsors), who are responsible for monitoring the safety of this study. Directly identifying information (e.g. contact information such as email addresses) will be safeguarded and never linked to your answers. By clicking the link to complete the study, you are authorizing "use and release" of your research data (i.e., answers that do not include personal identifiers) as described here.

Who Should I Contact if I Have Questions About the Study?

The study investigator is the best person to contact if you have any questions, complaints, or concerns about your participation in this research.

Dr. Katherine Inge, Principal Investigator
1314 West Main Street, VCU RRTC, Richmond, VA 23284

If you have general questions about your rights as a participant in this or any other research, or if you wish to discuss problems, concerns or questions, to obtain information, or to offer input about research, you may contact:

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Research
800 East Leigh Street, Suite 3000, Box 980568, Richmond, VA 23298
(804) 827-2157

Do not complete the survey if you have questions or have not received satisfactory answers to all of your questions.

Consent to Participate

Consent Statement: I have read this information carefully. All of the questions that I wish to ask concerning this study have been answered. By clicking on the button to begin the study, I acknowledge that I am freely consenting to participate in this survey. I provide employment services to individuals with disabilities, am at least 18 years of age, and live in the United States.

If you need an accommodation to complete the survey such as a paper survey, you may contact Dr.Inge at or 804-828-5956.