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National Survey on Health and Disability Seeks Participants

Adults ages 18 and over with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions are invited to complete the 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD), conducted each year by The University of Kansas Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies (KU-IHPS). Since 2018, this online survey has queried people with disabilities, chronic illness or disease, mental or physical health conditions about their well-being, quality of life, access to health care, employment, and, the last few years, the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and the responses are anonymous. Those participating, as well as anyone interested, can “enter a drawing to win one of ten $100 gift cards.” For more information, visit the KU-IHPS webpage on The National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD). To access the survey directly, click on the KU 2022 National Survey on Health and Disability. Those using a screen reader are advised to complete the survey on a laptop rather than a smartphone. To take the survey over the phone, or for any questions, please call, toll-free, 1-855-556-6328 or email [email protected]. The survey will be conducted until August 2022 and data from the 2022 NSHD will be available in the Fall of this year.

Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working-Age Americans with Disabilities

Building on “the success of the existing National Survey on Health and Disability (NSHD),” this project develops partnerships with others funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Participating groups will generate survey questions, analyze data, and “assure activities are conducted in a rigorous” manner, using the NSHD to collect pre- and post-pandemic data. Content covered includes such topics as health status, transportation, housing, work status, and tech usage, to name a few. Project findings will be used to prepare policy briefs, policy and practice recommendations, and research articles as well as consumer materials to focus on pandemic-related issues that have been identified as affecting the health, functioning, employment, and/or community life of Americans with disabilities. The outcomes anticipated include increasing knowledge about the impact of the pandemic and improving related policies and practices. For more details, visit the webpage from the KUIHDPS on the NSHD and scroll down to the section on Using the National Survey on Health and Disability Panel to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences of Working-Age Americans with Disabilities here. For more information on the project, which is funded by the NIDILRR, contact Jean P Hall, PI at [email protected], Noelle K Kurth, Co-PI at [email protected], or Kelsey Shinnick Goddard, Project Coordinator at [email protected]u.