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PIBBS Research Honoring ADA 2022

July 26 marks the anniversary that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was first enacted in 1990.

In honor of the 32nd year of the landmark civil rights law for disabled Americans, we are highlighting PIBBS research that promote inclusivity and access for those with higher support needs.

Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS) is a publication that presents original research and scientific reviews relevant to public policy. PIBBS aims to:

  • Allow scientists to share research that can help build sound policies.
  • Allow policymakers to provide feedback to the scientific community regarding research that could address societal challenges.
  • Encourage the scientific community to build models that seriously consider implementation to address the needs of society.

Issues to date have addressed policy areas in infant and child development psychology, clinical psychology, education research, cognitive psychology, social and personality psychology, and more.


Check out these evidence-based policy recommendations by brain and behavioral scientists:

Saw, G. (2020). Leveraging Social Capital to Broaden Participation in STEM.”
  • STEM-oriented social relationships and support—whether instrumental, informational, or emotional—among young students, especially underrepresented groups, can broaden participation in STEM.
  • Keywords: Social Capital, STEM Participation, Families, Peers, Teachers, Professional networks

Adlof, S. & Hogan, T. (2019). If We Don’t Look, We Won’t See: Measuring Language Development to Inform Literacy Instruction.
  • “Schools should measure oral language early and often to identify children with language disorders and inform differentiated instruction to improve reading comprehension for all.”
  • Keywords: Reading, Language Development, Literacy, Language Disorder, Response to Intervention, Assessment Instruction

Kaiser, C., & Quintanilla, V. (2014). Access to Counsel: Psychological Science Can Improve the Promise of Civil Rights Enforcement.

  • “Psychological science on claiming discrimination identifies opportunities to improve the promise of civil rights enforcement.”
  • Keywords: Employment discrimination, Discrimination claims, Legal Representation, Social Justice, Legitimacy, Civil Rights, Postracial, Diversity, Racial Disparity, Psychology and law

Gernsbacher, M. (2015). Video Captions Benefit Everyone.
  • Everyone should turn on video captions; captions improve comprehension, memory, and attention, for everyone.
  • Keywords: Captions, Video, Second Language, Deaf, Reading, Literacy

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