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Use of Service Animals in Employment

Informed Consent

Southwest ADA Center at ILRU

You are being invited to take part in this research study. The Southwest ADA Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann is carrying out research into the use of service animals and emotional support animals by people with disabilities in the workplace. As part of this research, we are asking people, age 18 and up, who use these animals across the country to fill in the following survey. Your participation is voluntary and you can stop at any time without penalty. Whether you participate or not will not affect your relationship with the Southwest ADA Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

If you agree to participate in this study:

We will ask you to fill out a survey. The information gathered from it will help us 1) understand how people with disabilities use service animals and emotional support animals to assist them in the workplace, 2) explore the experiences of service animal and emotional support animal users and any barriers they may encounter at work, and 3) determine what factors contribute to successful employment outcomes. These findings will also improve the trainings and technical assistance that the Southwest ADA Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann can provide on this topic.

Whether you use a service animal or emotional support animal at work, we would like to hear from you. After the first question which confirms your eligibility for this survey, you can skip any question you prefer not to answer. The questionnaire will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer.

There are no known risk as the information collected for this study does not contain identifiable information about you or your employer. The survey is anonymous. You may not receive any direct benefit from taking part in this study. The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, our funding agency, may review your answers but you will not be identified in the research. Once the study is completed, your answers will also be archived to a research database maintained by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and may be used by other researchers.

There is no cost and you will not be paid to take part in this study.

If you have any questions about this research study or your rights under this research study, you may contact:

Vinh Nguyen
TIRR Memorial Hermann
1333 Moursund St.
Houston, Texas 77030

Thank you, your support and participation is very much appreciated. Your consent to take part in this study is completion of the survey.

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