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Research Study: Meaning of Work

Researchers are looking for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ages 18-30) with current or prior employment experience to participate in a research study. They are doing a nationwide research study about the meaning of work in people’s lives. This work will be conducted by researchers at the Texas A&M University and the University of Oregon.

The questions will cover a broad range of topics including current and prior employment experiences, work goals and challenges, personal and professional relationships, and views of work. The interviews, which will last 30-90 minutes, can happen in person, on the phone, or over Skype at a time most convenient for the participant.

They will be recording the interviews to help with data collection. This recording is for research purposes only and will only be heard by members of the research team. They will not use real names of participants or anyone else mentioned.

Participation is voluntary, and participants can skip any questions as preferred. They will do everything they can to make this a positive and comfortable experience. Participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card for taking the time to talk with them. They will e-mail this immediately following the interview.

The principal investigator is Dr. Carly Gilson, an assistant professor of special education at Texas A&M University. If you are interested or have any questions, please send an email to Dr. Gilson at carly.gilson@tamu.edu.