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Holland Bloorview’s research institute conducts need-based and ground breaking health research to make a real-world impact in the lives of children and youth with a disability, and their families.

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Getting started on looking for work- for youth with physical disabilities


Although youth with disabilities have much to gain from employment readiness programs, they are often excluded from, or have limited access to school and community vocational programs. One encouraging approach to address gaps in vocational programming is through peer mentoring, which may facilitate a smoother transition to adulthood by offering support to enhance coping skills. Mentoring has beneficial impacts on job training, educational attainment, social skills, self-esteem and work ethic. Our aim is to develop, implement and assess the feasibility of an online peer mentor employment readiness intervention for youth with physical disabilities and their parents to improve their self-efficacy, career maturity and social support.

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Are you a youth or young adult with a physical disability or a parent of a youth with a disability? Consider participating in a study about preparing for employment.

The Effect of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on Cognitive Performance in Healthy Adults


Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been shown to impact function on a range of thinking and learning tasks. We want to learn more about how tDCS can influence performance on these tasks.

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Are you a healthy adult between the ages of 18-35? Participate in a research study about the effects transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on memory.

Optimizing life success through Residential Immersive Life Skills programs for youth with disabilities


The goal of the study is to understand how youth develop life skills as they grow and mature over the course of a year.

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Are you a youth with a disability? Consider participating in a study about youth transitions

Parent perspectives on advance care planning for an individual with cerebral palsy


This study is about understanding what parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP) think about having advance care planning conversations with their health-care providers. Advance care planning may help families better understand their child's diagnosis and prognosis and then use that knowledge to think, talk and plan for possible future educational, financial, health and medical issues that my arise. The purpose of this research is to help us understand what parents think about having advance care planning conversations and to guide clinicians about what should be discussed, when these topics should be raised, and with whom families prefer to have these conversations.


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How should we talk with parents of children with cerebral plays about advance care planning? Join our study and let us know.


Expectations and Roles in Children's Rehab


We want to hear stories from parents/guardians and service providers about learning, setting, and negotiating ‘expectations’ for roles in children’s rehab. Stories may come from any time during your rehab journey.

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Have different expectations between you and service providers ever caused you to experience disappointment? Frustration? Surprise? Opportunity? Consider participating in our study.