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Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities in Canada: Career Educator Survey

Informed Consent

 
 

Dear Postsecondary Career Educator,

This is a formal request for your participation in a study of career education programming and services supporting students with disabilities in postsecondary education, as part of the federally funded “Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities in Canada: 2016-2018” research initiative. The study is being conducted by Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Principal Investigator of the "Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities in Canada" project and Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer at the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB), and doctoral student, Natalie Geiger, of the Higher Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. It consists of a mix of both quantitative and qualitative questions, requiring multiple choice and check-box selections, as well as open-ended responses. These questions will ask about your experiences and views on issues related to supporting students with disabilities in their career development and transition in postsecondary education. The survey is designed to cover a broad range of student career development and transition support types in the postsecondary setting; for example, career development workshops, counselling, resources and promotion, co-op, experiential learning or internship placements, and post-graduation employment support.

With your permission, your data will be included as part of the analysis shaping the Landscape project’s final report to be published by the Federal Government, informing the new federal disability act. No risks or direct benefits are associated with participating in this research and privacy and confidentiality will be maintained. Care will be taken that individuals and their institutions cannot be identified in any reports or publications. Raw data will be kept in confidential, locked files; a password-protected computer and cloud system; and will be saved on an encrypted memory device. There is no intent to evaluate individuals. The study is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time up to the point at which you submit your responses without consequence. Raw data will be destroyed when the results have been published, or within five years.

If you decide to participate in this survey, please signal your consent on the next page. We are extremely grateful for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Natalie Geiger, Ph.D. Student
Lead Investigator, Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities in Canada
Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/University of Toronto
natalie.geiger@mail.utoronto.ca

Michaela, M.A. Industrial Relations and Human Resources; B.A. Hons. Global Development
Co-Investigator, Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities in Canada
Universal Design for Learning Strategist, University of Toronto
michaela.lys.burton@gmail.com