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National Disability Rights Network Seeks People with Disabilities to Participate in Focus Groups on the Enforcement of Federal Disability Rights Laws

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is conducting a study for the National Council on Disability about the enforcement of disability rights laws. NDRN needs the viewpoint of people with disabilities for this important study (PDF).

NDRN seeks people with disabilities who have dealt or interacted with the U.S. Access Board, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or agencies of the U.S. Department of Labor to participate in focus groups about the work of these federal agencies on disability rights. For example, people with disabilities who have filed a complaint or attended a training with the EEOC, or with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, or who may have interacted with the U.S. Access Board or the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP), would be good potential participants for these discussions. 

Four focus group discussions will be held, two online using the internet and two in-person.

  • Online Live: February 20 at 3:00 p.m. PT; 4:00 p.m. MT; 5:00 p.m. CT; 6:00 p.m. ET
  • In-person Live in Washington, D.C.: February 26 at 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Online Live: March 7 at 6:00 p.m. PT; 7:00 p.m. MT; 8:00 p.m. CT; 9:00 p.m. ET
  • In-person Live in Atlanta, GA: Mid- to late March, date pending (4:00 p.m. ET)

Each focus group will last two hours. Between 12 and 14 participants will be selected for each focus group.

If you, or someone you know, would be a good fit to participate in a focus group, please send the following information about the person to David Hutt at by February 10th:

  • Name
  • E-mail and/or Phone number
  • City and State of Residence
  • A Brief Statement about you or the recommended person’s interactions with the EEOC, Department of Labor, or the Access Board.
  • Focus Group Time Preference: Online February 20 or March 7, or In-Person in D.C. or Atlanta.

Selected participants will be given a $50 stipend after completion of the focus group. Limited funds are available to reimburse some travel expenses for persons who attend the in-person focus groups in Washington, D.C. or Atlanta, GA.

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