Are you a Community Development Practitioner or Community Connector/Builder working in the United States?

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By: Allison Lourash
Posted in: Blog

Hello—I am currently looking for volunteer participants for a research study titled “Exploring Practitioners’ Strategies for Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities.” This study has the potential to add knowledge to the field of human services and will be shared broadly once completed.

To participate you will fill out a brief questionnaire that may take under less than 5 minutes to complete. Open-ended interview questions will be asked about your work in communities in the United States and regarding the participation of people with disabilities. Interviews will take place over Zoom video conferencing or on the phone in English. The interview will last between 60-90 minutes, followed by a 10-15 minutes of questions, answers, and debriefing period. No identifying names will be used in the study. Organizations have assisted only with posting information about the study for recruitment. There is no compensation for participation.

 To participate:

  • Be 18 years or older and live in the United States.
  • Have experience as a Community Cevelopment Practitioner/ Consultant/Connector/Organizer or other similar role with communities or neighborhoods in the United States.
  • Have experience working with communities that include, either purposefully or not, people with disabilities
  • Your participation is voluntary, and interview responses will remain confidential.

This study has been approved by Walden University’s Institutional Review Board to ensure that it is aligned with the University’s standards and that interviews are conducted in an ethical manner.

If you would like to participate, please go to this page to complete a brief questionnaire and provide contact information to see if you are eligible or contact:

Allison Lourash


This study has been approved by Walden University. The Institutional Review Board number is: 01-14-21-0228087.


Allison Lourash
About Allison Lourash
Wausau, WI/ Illinois Native. I am a doctoral student working on a qualitative study on strength based approaches and people with disabilities.  Additionally, I am a self-advocate, project manager for a non-profit, and active volunteer.

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