Research Study: Cultural Sensitivity in ABA in Ontario

We invite you to participate in a research project entitled Cultural Sensitivity in Behaviour Analysis Services in Ontario.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the cultural and linguistic diversity of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) service providers and recipients in Ontario, as well as ABA service providers’ training and experiences in working with culturally and linguistically diverse families. Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to anonymously sign a consent form and complete an online questionnaire that will take approximately 10–20 minutes to complete. 

If you are an ABA provider, you will be asked about demographic information including your gender, age, household income, education, ethnicity, language, and the geographic area you work in. You will also be asked about your training and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

If you are an ABA recipient, or the parent/caregiver of an ABA recipient, you will be asked about demographic information including your age, household income, education, ethnicity, language, and the geographic area in which you live and receive ABA services. You will also be asked about your perception of ABA providers’ skills and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

This research may benefit the recipients and providers of ABA services, as well as educators, employers and policy makers by providing information regarding the diversity of ABA providers and consumers in Ontario. The results may inform policy makers, educators, and employers regarding the need for training ABA providers in cultural competency and working with diverse populations. If you choose to provide your email address for a chance to win a $100 Amazon e-gift card for participating in the study, you will be redirected to a separate survey where you can enter your information, so your responses remain anonymous. The winner will be notified via the provided email address within approximately one month.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please follow the link below; you will be directed to a consent form, followed by the questionnaire, if you choose to participate. Your responses will remain anonymous, and you will be free to withdraw your consent at any time while completing the survey, however once your survey has been submitted, it cannot be withdrawn due to the data being deidentified.

SURVEY LINK: https://brock.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxvFtVKF6PzZYBn

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Brock University Research Ethics Officer (905-688-5550 ext. 2025, reb@brocku.ca).

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Julie Koudys at jkoudys@brocku.ca or Paige O’Neill at po17nk@brocku.ca.

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