NIDILRR Awards Field Initiative Project Grant To the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2022

Contact: Leah Smith, Project Director
[email protected]

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) has awarded the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) a Field Initiative (FI) Project Grant to study the impacts of internalized, interpersonal, and systemic ableism in healthcare services and systems.

This three-year, $600,000 Field Initiated Research Project will allow the UCCEDD to expand its work towards health equity by studying the impacts of ableism in healthcare settings. 

“This research study will allow us to explore different types of  ableism and its impact on healthcare for people with disabilities,” said Dr. Kara Ayers, UCCEDD Associate Director. “The more we understand the stigma and discrimination faced by people with disabilities, the better equipped we will be to work towards equitable healthcare access and outcomes for all.”

Dr. Kara Ayers, Ph.D will be the Principal Investigator. Dr. Nichole Neidey, an epidemiologist and statistician, will serve as co-investigator for this project. Leah Smith will be the Project Director. This will be a disability-led research team. 

NIDILRR is a U.S. Governmental agency that provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. 

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