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Focus Group Recruitment for Employment Study

Are you working? Are you not working but want to work? Would you like to talk about your work experiences?

Can you share 90 minutes to talk on the phone? You will receive a $50 gift card to use wherever Visa or MasterCard is accepted for your time.


If the answer to these questions is yes, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities wants to talk with you! They want to talk with people who have a spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cerebral palsy, or transition age youth with physical disabilities. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 are encouraged to participate! Transition age youth should be 18 years old to 24.

The RRTC is conducting focus groups for people with physical disabilities about their work experiences. They want to know from you what helped you find or keep a job, and what experiences you face when job hunting. 

These focus groups will be held over the telephone. You will receive a toll free number if you agree to participate. Everything you talk about with the RRTC will be confidential!

While your participation will not help you find a job or help with your current job, your input is very important! The information that you provide will be very valuable in the development of RRTC resources on work for individuals with disabilities, their support systems, employers, and policy makers. If you decide to participate, the consent process is easy and available online.

If you need any accommodation to participate, please contact Grant Revell at or by phone at: 804-828-6989.


  1. Paul Brostrom says

    I am on permanent disability due to a heritable mental illness and fibromyalgia. I am a part of the ABLE program and want to work but due to stress of the jobs it contributes to condition I have not been able to maintain a job.

  2. IF I am reading your criteria for participating correctly then I find it interesting that you excluding anyone over age 64.
    I have had a mobility disability since birth (1940) and have participated in job seeking and employment since high school. In my opinion, 40 years of what I consider employment success would make my input meaningful to your focus group.

    • theadvocacymonitor says

      Hi Ron. You should contact the people doing the study. They may be very glad to have your input. It’s the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities. Email Grant Revell at Good luck!

  3. Glen Meiselman says

    Hi, I am Glen I have a severe tramatic brain injury and worked for the Florida courts. I was personally hired by the clerk of court knowing of my brain injury.I was fired because I had a seizure. I worked close to 4 yrs there. All attorneys in Fl won’t go against the court itself. Brain injured and going against to court in the court is impossible because of alot of protecting themselves. I can not even have an impartial jury to make the decision. This is of great importance to 54 MILLION DISABLED !
    I am now trying to get this to the UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT.



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