Cohort Study of Community Participation of People Aging with Long-Term Physical Disabilities

There has been an increased push to provide evidence-based interventions for providing long-term support services to promote sustained independence and community participation of people with disabilities. However, to our knowledge no such evidence-based interventions exist for this population. We will conduct a longitudinal cohort study to examine the multiple interconnected factors (e.g., physical, behavioral and environmental) affecting participation in people aging with long-term physical disabilites (PAwLTPD). For more information visit

Current Status

We are collecting surveys for Year 3 and analyzing data from the first two years of the study.

Conduct a Feasibility Study of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Promote Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Physical Disabilities

We adapted an evidence-based home modification and self-management intervention for people aging with long-term physical disabilities. This project involves conducting a randomized controlled trial of the intervention, Removing Environmental Barriers to Independent Living (REBIL). We will test the program with community-dwelling people aging with long-term disabilities to determine its efficacy at improving community participation, daily activity performance, and confidence, as well as its cost-effectiveness.

Current Status

We have finished recruiting participants and are in the process of delivering the intervention to the treatment group.