For questions or to express interest in the study, please contact the research team at or visit our website at

Project Title: The UW Disability Equity Project.

Hello UW community, 

Our research team from the Disability Studies Program, The D Center, and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine are recruiting UW students, staff, and faculty who have a disability, physical or mental health condition, a chronic illness, or are d/Deaf to contribute to a research project on disability, equity, and inclusion on the UW campus (IRB # STUDY00009838). This study is being funded by CLIME (Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education). 

We are still recruiting individuals who are Black, indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

You may be eligible, if you: 

  • Are 18 years or older 
  • Are a student, staff, or faculty member who attend or work at UW at least part-time. 
  • Identify as having a disability, physical or mental health condition, chronic illness, or are d/Deaf. 

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to be part of a 60-90-minute virtual focus group with your fellow students, staff, or faculty members. You can also request to complete an individual virtual interview.

All study information will be kept confidential. Captioning and ASL interpretation can be provided. Additional accessibility needs will be solicited upon participant confirmation.

Participants will be asked to share their experiences of ableism or discrimination as well as allyship and community in academic and healthcare situations. We are interested in learning 1) how you perceive your academic and/or healthcare experiences, considering campus attitudes and the social or physical environment; 2) how you experience ableism or discrimination on UW campus; and 3) how you experience allyship, advocacy, and community at UW.  

Information from the focus groups will be used to develop a disability allyship training curriculum that is rooted in lived experiences and can be implemented in the education and training of healthcare professionals and others across UW to improve our inclusive campus culture.  Each participant will receive a $30 electronic gift card after completing the focus group/interview.

Please find a recruitment letter and recruitment flyer attached to disseminate widely. For questions or to express interest in the study, please contact the research team at or visit our website at

Thank you!

The UW Disability Equity Project Research Team