National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research Survey Report, 2002.
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This report focuses on three major areas of disability research information. Part 1 discusses findings from a series of online focus groups conducted from July 2001 through June 2002 that explored types of additional disability-related research information consumers would like to see. Of the total responses received, persons with a disability reflected the largest respondent group. Respondents wanted more information about the demographic breakdown of the disability community, universally designed products and environments, and other access issues. Part 2 highlights information from selected 2001 and 2002 surveys that investigated the effectiveness of dissemination and utilization activities aimed at people with disabilities and their families. Findings indicate a shortage of qualified special education teachers, an underestimation of the prevalence of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders, educational discrimination, a digital divide, and lessening of the stigma of special education. Part 3 reports results from a review of the Web sites of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research grantees between August 21 and August 30, 2002. Web sites were reviewed for a variety of characteristics including their content offerings and user-friendliness. These results are presented and compared with results from previous reviews. Findings indicate that 67% of grantees have a Web presence. (CR)