The Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI) Program seeks to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, including those who are concurrently affected by behavioral health issues. The SARDI Program achieves its objective by conducting collaborative and participatory research; developing intervention approaches and training; and disseminating related information. The SARDI Program has several areas of inquiry and services including disability and deafness, substance abuse and addiction, minority health disparity, offender reentry and vocational rehabilitation research. Assessment and training services are provided traditionally and via telehealth and telerehabilitation.
The VR Online portal brings contemporary technology to the Vocational Rehabilitation Guidance and Counseling process by improving access to resources and video conferencing technology. Telerehabilitation strengthens counselor-consumer relationships, increases face-to-face contacts and reduces barriers to VR services. All of this enhances employment outcomes.
The "American Sign Language: Screeners, Tests, Assessments, and Resources" (ASL-STAR) portal provides resources that are culturally-appropriate to use when working with deaf and hard-of hearing individuals. The assessments and screeners focus on career and behavioral health information. Not only can you provide the assessments and screeners to deaf and hard of hearing consumers on line in ASL, you will also be able to score them and interpret the results.
The DRRP backtranslation portal allows online collaboration with Deaf consumers nationwide to jointly produce accessable and linguistically appropriate screeners, tests, assessments and resources in American Sign Language.