About the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR)

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) is one of a number of projects within the American Institutes for Research’s (AIR) Disability and Rehabilitation practice area. Knowledge translation (KT) refers to strategies that move research into practice by improving the relevance, reporting, accessibility, interpretation, and application of research results. The Center on KTDRR focuses on KT activities to support researchers in the disability and rehabilitation field.


The purpose of the Center on KTDRR is to make it easier to find, understand, and use the results of research that can make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

The Center on KTDRR promotes "the use of high-quality disability and rehabilitation research that is relevant to the needs of intended audiences by serving as the main KT resource" for National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) funded researchers, developers, and KT centers. Other Center stakeholders include people with disabilities and their families, disability advocates, service providers, and policy makers, as well as administrators, educators, and employers.


The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research partners with the following organizations:

  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • The Arc
  • Coalition for Texans with Disabilities
  • Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating (EPPI) Centre
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI)

Consumer Review Panel

The Center on KTDRR works with a Consumer Review Panel in order to ensure that information for consumers is responsive to their needs, accessible, and helpful in making research-informed decisions.

The members of the Consumer Review Panel represent different disabilities and include populations such as people with vision impairments, hearing impairments, physical disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, and autism. Consumer Review Panel members were invited to participate from AIR's extensive national network, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network, Model Systems projects, Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs), and other NIDILRR-funded projects.

The Panel's activities include reviewing materials to ensure an accessible consumer orientation, suggesting new features for consumers that are not in the Center's current plans, facilitating contact with additional consumer and advocacy groups, and suggesting ways to seek input on the use of disability and rehabilitation evidence.

KTDRR Consumer Review Panel Members


The following AIR staff work with the KTDRR Center. Visit the individual staff description pages on the AIR corporate website.