Research and Evaluation

Communication research

REKNEW projects research ways Augmentative and Alternative Communication or AAC can support children and adults with acquired or developmental disabilities as they experience complex communication impairments.

Telehealth and classroom AAC interventions research supports children with complex communication needs across our state.

Learn more about our complex communication research here.

Health care transition

Health care transition is the process of moving from a pediatric system of health care to an adult system of health care. It is often a complex and confusing process for families, especially for those who experience disability. Learn more about our quality improvement activities within the Lifespan Transition Clinic.

Quality assurance and evaluation

The OHSU UCEDD partners with the state of Oregon Office of Developmental Disability Services to conduct evaluation and quality assurance work. Projects include process and methods review and recommendations for the Oregon Needs Assessment tool pilot testing, evaluation of service quality, access and cost under the 1915(b) Medicaid Waiver, the annual National Core Indicators survey, and monitoring the implementation of the Lane vs. Brown Settlement Agreement. Learn more about our QA and evaluation work here.

Health disparities among people with disabilities

Our health disparities research projects focus on preventable and unjust differences in health, access to health care, or quality of health care affecting people with disabilities. Data analysis and publication work is done in partnership with the Oregon Office on Disability and Health.

Design to Learn

The D2L Projects focus on research and strategies developed to address the educational needs of children and adults with severe disabilities, such as multiple and "low-incidence" disabilities including deafblindness and autism.