This paper describes the establishment of a Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) composed of traditionally underserved (i.e, low functioning) persons who are deaf This council was established in an effort to involve lower-functioning deaf individuals in the selection, design, conduct, and dissemination of research intended to improve the vocational, social, and independent living outcomes of this population. The actual process of recruiting and contacting members, conducting meetings, arranging accommodations, and financing is reviewed, concluding with discussion on the benefits of having a Consumer Advisory Council This effort adheres to a model of participatory action research (Whyte, 1990) and incorporates a philosophy of Consumer-Oriented Research arid Dissemination(CORD) as endorsed by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and other governmental agencies.
Kavin, D., Sligar, S. K., & Ouellette, S. E. (2019). The Consumer Advisory Council: A Model for Meaningfully Involving Traditionally Underserved Persons who are Deaf in the Research. JADARA, 30(4). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol30/iss4/4