Most of the following materials are free. To request the SARDI materials listed below that have a cost, please complete the Material Order Form and mail it directly to the SARDI Program office. We’re sorry; electronic ordering is not available.
Substance Use Disorders and Vocational Rehabilitation: VR Counselor's Desk Reference
The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers. The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention.
VR Counselor's Desk Reference (PDF) download (no cost)
JR's Story DVD
"JR's Story: The Disability of Chemical Dependancy" is the story of a young man's problems with substance abuse and how those problems are compounded by the fact that he has quadriplegia. After being confronted by the filmmaker, JR comes to the realization that he needs to enter into a treatment program.
We are now distributing this video ourselves at a greatly reduced price.
DVD Video format
Item cost $9.50
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Activities for Youth and Adults with Disabilities
Substance abuse prevention activities for use in disability agencies or special education classrooms. This manual contains over 30 activities for use in schools and social service agencies. The 240 page manual includes an introduction to prevention, guidelines for implementing activities, and a list of valuable resources.
PDF download (no cost)
SARDI Training Manual
This manual was developed for anyone interested in learning about or teaching aspects of substance abuse prevention among persons with disabilities. It consists of nine sections: an overview of substance abuse and disabilities, Americans with disabilities, AOD prevention, identification of substance abuse in persons with disabilities, interviewing skills, finding solutions, support groups, connection agencies, and resources. Includes updated pharmacology chart listing alcohol-related interactions, and also information on specific disability-related substance abuse risks. Third Printing, revised July, 1999.
PDF download (no cost)
Proceedings of the Second National Conference on Substance Abuse and Coexisting Disabilities
On June 3-5, 2001 nearly 150 leaders in the fields of treatment, policy, research, and consumer advocacy convened in Baltimore to work toward consensus on issues that have the potential to improve recovery and employment services for individuals with multiple disabilities. The invited participants represented consumer and disability advocacy groups, community-based organizations, government agencies, and academia. All have demonstrated a strong commitment to the advancement of knowledge and practice related to substance abuse, coexisting disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation. The entire conference has been organized in a manual, which is available for ordering through this web site, or via download.
Substance Abuse, Disability & Vocational Rehabilitation
This popular manual currently is used by many state vocational rehabilitation or alcohol and drug treatment systems. Over 15,000 in circulation. Set of nine curriculum modules, case studies, supplements, and guides regarding substance abuse issues designed for rehabilitation counseling programs. Modules can be used alone, in combination with any of the other modules, or the entire set can be used.
Module titles are: Substance Abuse as a Disability, Substance Abuse Coexisting with other Disabilities, Addressing Substance Abuse in Rehabilitation Counseling, Integrating Substance Abuse in Community Based Rehabilitation Programs, Collaboration and Consumer Empowerment, Psychosocial Adjustment and Vocational Planning, Job Counseling and Relapse Prevention, and Career Planning and the Substance Abuse Consumer
Soft-cover bound volume. Item cost $10
Blindness, Visual Impairment, and Substance Abuse
Brochure developed by SARDI for substance abuse treatment professionals who provide services for blind or visually impaired individuals. Available on-line. Reproduction unlimited, but source citation is appreciated.
Substance Abuse and Living with HIV/AIDS
Brochure developed by SARDI for people living with HIV disease. Distributed to community agencies, consumers, and physician's offices. On-line only
Substance Abuse and Students with Disabilities: Little Known Facts
Brochure developed by SARDI for university students with disabilities. Distributed to colleges and universities across the country. Available on-line
Final Report Summary for RRTC on Drugs and Disability
The efforts of the RRTC on Drugs and Disability from 1997 through 2002 were focused on improving vocational rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with substance abuse problems. In accordance with NIDRR′s directive in its program announcement, the research, training and dissemination activities of the RRTC chiefly addressed the needs of individuals with substance use problems as they co-exist with other disabilities. This final report provides an overview of the research components.
Final Report Summary for RRTC on Drugs and Disability (PDF) download (no cost)
Technical-Report Summary Findings for Research Component R1: Continuing Investigation of Substance Abuse, Disability, and Vocational Rehabilitation
Provides information regarding the initial, three-year epidemiological study (RRTC, 1996) conducted by the RRTC on Drugs and Disability, as well as information regarding the follow-up study conducted in December, 2002.
Technical-Report Summary Findings for Research Component R1 (PDF) download (no cost)
Technical-Report Summary Findings for Research Component R2: Substance Abuse, Co-existing Disability, and Vocational Rehabilitation: Influences of Specialized Rehabilitation Programs on Employment Outcomes
The current research component, referred to as R2, was developed out of a recognized need for appropriate and accessible services for individuals with disabilities who also have a coexisting substance abuse problem. These individuals typically require multiple, concurrent services including vocational rehabilitation, substance abuse treatment, housing, medical care, mental health services, and so on. Few models exist for providing these services in a seamless manner. Furthermore, those that do exist must be better evaluated so that the nature, kind, amount, and duration of services they afford can be better tailored to consumer profiles. Operationally, this overall research effort was defined by two sub-components: a multi-site comparison study and single-site program evaluation study. Results from both the multi- and single-site components, were seen as shedding light on the nature and extent of the relationship between substance abuse treatment, VR services, and employment, as well as the costeffectiveness of these services.
Technical-Report Summary Findings for Research Component R2 (PDF) download (no cost)
Technical-Report Summary Findings for Research Component R3: HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Employment
Rehabilitation counselors and individuals living with HIV/AIDS face a challenging dilemma: a significant number are feeling better, yet many are concerned about transition issues as they reach out to once again embrace work and careers. Returning to work is unexplored territory for many and we have little precedent to guide them, especially now that complex medication therapies are part of the equation. This research study undertook to: (1) outline the issues that are confronting people living with HIV and AIDS as they work to move out of disability benefit dependence into the world of work today; and (2) identify vocational rehabilitation strategies.
Technical-Report Summary Findings for Research Component R3 (PDF) download (no cost)
Effectiveness of Cognitive Skills Training for Dually Diagnosed Persons with Mental Illness
Because there has been limited research about addressing cognitive limitations among persons with mental illness in community settings, several researchers at Wright State University conceptualized a pilot study to investigate the potential efficacy for improving cognitive compensation skills in a population with clinically proven cognitive deficits. The Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM) program is an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program in Dayton that is operated by SARDI within the School of Medicine. This program was especially established to serve persons with substance dependence and co-existing, severe disabilities. CAMís clientele includes a high percentage of persons who have accompanying mental illness diagnoses (CAM also has ODMH mental health certification). Using this program for the original subject pool, an investigation of cognitive compensation skills training was undertaken from 1999 to 2002. The experimental results are presented herein. The project, supported largely through Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) funding, required that a number of related areas and concepts be investigated, and as such this report is considered to be a pilot study for subsequent, more highly focused research.
Exploring Substance Abuse Among Minorities With disabilities and Its Associations With Their Experiences in Vocational Rehabilitation. Howard University Monograph, Washington, D.C.
This report highlights research results from four existing databases. The research was designed to identify characteristics of minority populations served by vocational rehabilitation service programs and the delivery of those services to individuals with disabilities in the United States, with a specific focus upon individuals with disabilities from minority backgrounds having alcohol and substance abuse/use problems.
For ordering information concerning this monograph in paper form, please contact
Dr. Gerlene Ross, Director
Research and Training Center for Access
to Rehabilitation and Empowerment Opportunities
1840 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202 865 8140 (Reception Desk)
Fax: 202 667 1382
Exploring Substance Abuse Among Minorities With disabilities and Its Associations With Their Experiences in Vocational Rehabilitation (PDF) download (no cost)
Exploring Substance Abuse Among Minorities With disabilities and Its Associations With Their Experiences in Vocational Rehabilitation (DOC) download (no cost)
Employing and Accomodating Individuals With Histories of Alcohol or Drug Abuse
This brochure was one of a series on human resources practices and workplace accomodations for persons with disabilities; edited by Susan M. Bruyére, Ph.D., CRC, SPHR, Director, Program on Employment and Disability, School of Industrial and Labor Relations - Extension Division, Cornell University.
For ordering information concerning this brochure and related publications, visit the Cornell University Program on Employment and Disability
Guide to Substance Abuse and Disability Recourses Produced by NIDRR Grantees - Second Edition
This guide was developed to assist researchers, professionals, and people with disabilities to locate research training materials relating to substance abuse and disabilities that were developed by programs funded by the NIDRR.
The following are all Project AID materials, originated by Alexander Boros, at the request of his family:
Looking at Alcohol and Other Drugs
Although originated for alcohol and drug education for persons who are Deaf, these materials have been used in a wide variety of educational or treatment settings for persons with cognitive impairments or other conditions where pictorial representations of subject material or important.
Looking at Alcohol and Other Drugs (PDF) download (no cost)
Twelve Ideas for My Improvement
Booklet is designed for teaching recovery to reading-limited alcoholics. It describes pictorially the "Twelve Steps of A.A." in a simplified male version (suppplies limited; only male version written in Spanish still available).
Item #10 cost $7.00
Looking at Treatment of Alcoholism
Book is designed for professionals working with reading-limited persons. Important topics discussed include Dealing with Your Feelings, Defense Anxiety Resentment, Warning Signs, and Support Services
Looking at Treatment of Alcoholism (PDF) download (no cost)
Prevention Curriculum Guide for Special Education Grades 1 - 3
Curriculum guide created with the special education teacher in mind. This guide provides information on alcohol and other drugs in a simplistic and interesting format. "Rusty" and "Kelly" (disabled and non-disabled main characters) are featured throughout the guide experiencing thought-provoking situations for students. Each lesson includes discussion, visual stimuli, vocabulary, and a variety of activities.
Prevention Curriculum Guide for Special Education Grades 1 - 3 (PDF) download (no cost)
Prevention Curriculum Guide for Special Education Grades 4 - 6
A 29 lesson curriculum guide created with the special education teacher in mind. This guide provides information on alcohol and other drugs in a simplistic and interesting format. "Rusty" and "Kelly" (disabled and non-disabled main characters) are featured throughout the guide experiencing thought-provoking situations for students. Each lesson includes discussion, visual stimuli, vocabulary, and a variety of activities.
Prevention Curriculum Guide for Special Education Grades 4 - 6 (PDF) download (no cost)
Prevention Curriculum Guide for Special Education Grades 7 - 12
Curriculum guide includes 51 lessons and is designed to be used with Looking at Alcohol and Other Drugs for the special education student. The guide features various vocabulary, exercises, and activities for the teacher.
Prevention Curriculum Guide for Special Education Grades 7 - 12 (PDF) download (no cost)