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National Teleconference & Webinar Series: Disability Statistics for Statewide Independent Living Councils

  • Dates: 21 – 23 Aug, 2012
  • Address: Webinar

SILC-NET Presents… A New National Teleconference & Webinar Series

Disability Statistics:

Part I: The Availability of Statistics on People with Disabilities

Part II: Using Statistics about People with Disabilities to the Inform the SPIL

August 21 & 23, 2012; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

One of the hallmarks of the Independent Living Movement is the way our community values advocacy and action over research. We know what life with a disability is all about. But when we explain our community and programs to legislators, governors, consumers and other stakeholders, it’s often an absolute necessity to include data on people with disabilities. This is certainly true in the development of the SPIL (State Plan for Independent Living).

The SILC-NET has organized this brand new training to help SILC members and staff know exactly where to go and what to look for to collect meaningful data on people with disabilities in your state in order to inform your development of an accurate and powerful SPIL. We hope you’ll join us for this two-part, info-packed teleconference and webinar on locating and using statistics on people with disabilities to create your SPIL.

Target Audience: Executive Directors, Council members, and staff of Statewide Independent Living Councils

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of these webinar(s), participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Explain the nature and importance of disability statistics 

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of data and locate agencies or entities that can provide the most appropriate data for particular objectives

  • Describe methods for locating and analyzing demographic data

  • Develop an effective process for gathering relevant data that relate to goals and priorities

  • Use gathered data to assist in developing the State Plan for Independent Living

Meet Your Presenters

Dr. Andrew Houtenville is currently an Associate Professor of Economics in the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and the Research Director of the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. He is extensively involved with disability statistics and employment policy research. He is the Principal Investigator of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC), as well as, a co-Principal Investigator of the Hunter College Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (StatsRRTC) and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual Characteristics and Employment Outcomes (IC-RRTC). He is working with the National Institutes of Health/Clinical Center/Rehabilitation Medicine Division under an Inter-Personnel Agreement (IPA) to evaluate and develop potential recommendations for the reform of the Social Security Administration's child and adult disability determination processes. He is widely published in the areas of disability statistics and the economic status of people with disabilities.

Dr. Houtenville received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and was a National Institute on Aging Post-Doctoral Fellow at Syracuse University in 1998/1999. He is the former president of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers.

Dr. Tony Ruiz joined the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire in January 2011 as Research Associate for the Hunter College Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (StatsRRTC), Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC), and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC). Prior to working with the IOD, Dr. Ruiz was an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Technology Berlin, Germany (1984-90). He held Visiting Research Professor positions at the University of Oklahoma; Osaka University, Japan; University of Gent, Belgium; and Aarhus Business School, Aarhus, Denmark. He was also a Visiting Professor and Senior Research Associate at Cornell University (1990-2008). While at Cornell he was also the Project Director & Principal Investigator of the DBTAC-Northeast ADA Center. His publications are in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management and disability statistics. Dr. Tony Ruiz received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany in 1983.

Eric Lauer has spent the last 14 years developing his interest in disabilities and mental health. After receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology, Eric worked directly with children and adults with mental health conditions at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and McLean Hospital. Eric's fieldwork for his master's degree examined brain weights in autism. His Ph.D. coursework was in statistics, research methodology, molecular biology, and genetic sciences. Eric's career focus includes health disparities, disabilities and mental health, with research interests such as the impact of disabilities, physical illness and mental illness on quality of life, access to care, and health outcomes. Eric's career goals include teaching, research, grant writing, and publishing as well as informing policy on the state and federal level.



PRESENTED BY SILC-NET: A program of the IL NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).