[CCCNFBW] Invitation to participate in research study

sara logston saralogston335 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 23:42:52 UTC 2019

This is a  forwarded message .

Dear Fellow NFB of Washington Members

I am a blind graduate student at The Evergreen State College. As part of my
capstone project in my Masters of Public Administration class, I will be
conducting a research project titled  “*Applying Virtual Reality in
Emergency Management to Plan, Practice, and Respond to People with Vision
Impairment in an Earthquake.” *  The purpose of my project is to* determine
how to best include people with disabilities in Emergency Management
planning and response.* I will be conducting *a survey (delivered
auditorily or digitally) followed by an interview.*

*I need to engage with blind or visually impaired people who have had
experiences dealing with emergency management services either as a result
of an emergency response or as a support person in an emergency response
situation. If this is you, I wish to invite you to participate in this
endeavor. I will be audio recording these interactions for future
transcription, and it would take approximately one hour of your time. *

Any risks to you are minimal, and would likely include *potential of risks
or discomforts when discussing prior experiences with emergency services,
loss of time for the survey and interview project, and emotional exhaustion
following the interview. My colleagues and I intend to minimize or
eliminate risks or discomforts as possible. We will pause as necessary,
discontinue the interview upon sense by either the researcher or
participant of heightened anxiety, and we will value your time with the
greatest of respect. *There will be no compensation of any kind available
for your participation, which is completely voluntary. *You may withdraw
your participation at any point or skip any question you do not wish to
answer without penalty*. You may not directly benefit from this research;
however, we hope that your participation in the study may *guide our
Virtual Reality simulator design and result in greater inclusion of people
with disabilities in the planning, practice, and response processes of
Emergency Management*.

I will *not seek personally identifying characteristics beyond required
information, I will assign your survey and interview its item number, not
use your name or location, and the data will be preserved on an encrypted
flash drive for no less than seven years in possession of the researchers.
Following the seven years, fire will be used to destroy the flash drives
permanently. *I may share part or all of this *research survey and
interview *with *my faculty advisor, Dr. Lachezar Anguelov, and any other
officials of the college legally allowed to investigate my claims based on
the data obtained. *

As mentioned above, I will use your responses as resource material for my
research project on the *use of Virtual Reality in training for emergency
management to plan and respond to people with disabilities*. At your
request, I will provide you with a copy of the *research paper.*  *Information
gleaned from this research will be presented to my faculty and cohort and
may be presented in a public forum at the National Federation of the Blind.

Your *answers*, collected as part of the research, *could be used for
future research studies or distributed to another investigator for future
research studies, with all identifying information removed, without
additional informed consent from the subject or the legally authorized

If you have any questions about this project or your participation in it,
you can call me at *(253)245-4480*. My email address is *gr.windclan at gmail.com
If you have questions concerning your rights as a research subject or
experience problems as a result of your participation in this project,
contact *John McLain, IRB administrator at The Evergreen State College,
Library 3207, Olympia, WA 98505; Phone 360.867.6045.*

Thank you for your participation and assistance!


*Gloria Rodriguez*
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