Purpose of VOSAP Research Initiative is to strengthen VOSAP mission of Advocacy with data, research, findings so it has credibility. Disability sector is ignored and suffering a lot based on “Perceptions” and lack of data. Reality is very different, changing rapidly with emergence of UN CRPD, technology revolution etc. To change narrative of Disability, VOSAP Collegiate team started research initiative.
28 Interns (under graduate and graduate students) from USC, UCLA, UNC, Chapel Hill, NorthWestern, UT, Austin, Cornell, Skidmore etc. universities participated in 10 week of rigorous research internship in variety of topics related to Disability. This program had weekly deliverables and interns learnt a lot. Many are inspired to continue working with VOSAP to advance their research efforts to make Disproportionate impact for millions of people.
VOSAP has started program with universities to help students conduct research round the year. UC, Berkley is the first to start with VOSAP where in batch of 10 students will start this Fall semester.
Here is list of projects conducted by summer interns along with the link for Executive summary.
|No.||Title of Research Project||Team of Interns||Link for Executive Summary|
|01||Legal Milestones in the Disability Sector: An International Study on Employment||Kassidy Hamilton, Cornell
Katelyn Lee, USC
|02||Economic Returns of Nations Investing in Specially Abled People||Caleb Li, Northwestern
Matthew You, Northwestern
Sarthak Pant, Skidmore
|03||Wall of Exclusion: The Americans With Disability Act’s Failure to Close the Employment Gap||Shauli Bar-On, USC||Click here|
|04||Study of the Inclusion of Specially Abled People in Corporate Advertising and Marketing||Julia Lin, USC||Click here
|05||Inclusion of Specially Abled People in Hollywood||Jacqueline Martinez, USC||Click here|
|06||Disability Inclusion Index (DII) for Corporations||Esha Parikh, UNC Chapel Hill
Anna Sheehan, Northwestern
|07||Disability Inclusion Index (DII) for Universities||Nicole Elliot, UCLA||Click here|
|08||Comparative Study of Assistive Technologies & Their Use in Education||Nehali Shah, UT, Austin
Sarah Schaefer, USC
|09||Comparative Study on Accessibility Across the United States||Nia Hammet, Unc, Charlotte
Holly McCauley, USC
Harshil Shah, High School
|10||Evolution of Inclusion In the U.S. for Specially Abled People||Emily Kennedy, UCLA||Click here|
|11||Developing an Interactive Dashboard on Disability Population in the U.S. with Trends Analysis||Jiawei Wang, USC||Click here|
|12||Impact of Covid-19 on Measles and Rubella Related Disabilities Following Vaccine Campaign Postponement||Shaneel Badani, BU
Claire Post, USC
Amanda Hmelar, USC
|13||A Study on Disability Representation in Individually-Curated Video Content||Eshana Seshadri, USC||Click here|
|14||Accessibility Solutions in Public Transportation – Comparative Study of Evolution in India and selected 5 Countries||Suhas Peela, USC
Nupur Jain, NCSU, Raleigh