Department of Human Services

Center for Enhancement of Disability Employment and Research

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The Center for Enhancement of Disability Employment and Research (CEDER), founded fall 2013, was initiated to coordinate and facilitate current partnerships, projects and research related activities that assist persons with disabilities obtain meaningful employment. Activities under development include: career exploration and preparation assistance, student scholarships, community partnerships, evidence-based practice research, and direct employer services. CEDER staff members are committed to systematic barrier reduction for persons with disabilities both within the Wright State University community as well as the larger disability population.


CEDER assists people with disabilities live more self-determined and self-sufficient lives by developing research-based best practices targeted to enhancing employment outcomes.


To systematically improve the lives of people with disabilities through employment focused evidence-based practices and research.


  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Echoing U
  • University of Akron
  • Goodwill Easterseals
  • Kent State University
  • WRIGHT Choice
  • Maryville University
  • Office of Disability Services - WSU
  • Universal Learning Systems
  • Veteran Resource Center - WSU
  • Montgomery Co. Board of DD
  • Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM)
  • Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues (SARDI) Program


Community Accessibility

In conjunction with community partners, Dr. Oswald will be launching a community accessibility project started spring 2014 through her RHB 3640 course designed to evaluate and disseminate the physical accessibility of the greater Dayton area for people with disabilities. Students and community partners will join together to assess local stores, restaurants, recreational locations, etc. to determine accessibility features that will then be highlighted on a community website to assist community members with disabilities in community participation. She will be taking students with disabilities to Cuba to learn about community accessibility Spring Break 2017. She is also working with Anglia Ruskin University faculty and staff to create an opportunity for students with disabilities in the UK for 2018. 

Accessibility in Manuals

Dr. Oswald and Nate Adams have worked to revise all undergraduate manuals for accessibility. Nate Adams is now working to bring accessibility to the graduate program manuals as well. CEDER staff is providing instructional materials, support, and training for faculty.

Technology Partnership

Dr. Huber received a CEHS community and university-based partnership mini-grant in September 2013. The grant, titled “Facilitating a partnership between a chemical dependency education program, a mental health outpatient program, and a disability research program” is a partnership between the CEHS, the Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM) program, and the Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues (SARDI) program. Both CAM and SARDI are housed under the Boonshoft School of Medicine. This unique interdisciplinary grant promotes teaching/learning among students, professionals, researchers and clinicians. The goal of the grant is to provide educational and informational material via a digital video that can be viewed by students, teachers, clinicians, researchers and other community providers. The digital video clip will include educational information about each of the partners. This will not only assist students in obtaining educational information on the services of persons with addiction but familiarize others to the role of research. The digital video will be linked to each of the respective websites, WSU Rehabilitation Counseling Program, CAM, and SARDI.


Oswald, G. R., Tejada, L., Marmé, M., & Roberts, P. (2017). Understanding perceived short-term outcomes from a professional rehabilitation cultural experience to Cuba. Journal of Forensic Vocational Assessment. (R)

Alderman, L. A., & Oswald, G. R. (in press). Facilitating knowledge in rehabilitation counseling professionals on caseload management: A pre-test/post-test evaluation. Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal. (R)

Kiener, M., Oswald, G., Vaughn, M., Kline, K., & Bertolino, B. (in press). Student perceptions of completing a research methods course. Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Journal. (R)

Oswald, G., Alderman, L., & Willmering, P. (2017). Short-Term Job Shadowing Experience Benefits for Undergraduate Rehabilitation Students. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 1-11. doi:10.1017/jrc.2017.2 (R)

Huber, M. J., Oswald, G. R., Chan, F., Shaw, L. R., & Wilson, J. (2017). A Call for a National Evidence-Based Programs and Practices Registry in Vocational Rehabilitation. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 46, 11-18(R)

Alderman, L. A., & Oswald, G. R. (2016). The current state of specialization and self-identity among Certified Rehabilitation Counselors. Rehabilitation Professional, 24(2), 69-74. (R)

Oswald, G. R., Flexer, R., Alderman, L. A., & Huber, M. (2016). Predictive value of personal characteristics and the employment of transition-aged youth in vocational rehabilitation. Journal of Rehabilitation, 82(4), 60-66(R)

Oswald, G. R. (2016). VR service patterns and employment outcomes of transition-aged youth. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 47(2), 20-26. (R)

Huber, M. J., Oswald, G. R., Webb, T., & Avila-John, A. (2016). Degree Completion and Employment Outcomes Among Graduates with Disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 45(3), 241-247. (R)

Rando, H., Huber, M., & Oswald, G. R. (2016). An academic coaching model intervention for college students on the autism spectrum. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 29(3), 257-262(R)

Oswald, G. R., Bonza, A., & Huber, M. J. (2015). Effective job seeking preparation and employment services for college students with disabilities. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability 28(3), 375-382(R)

Oswald, G. R., Huber, M. J., & Wilson, J. F. (2015). The status of technology-enhanced education and service delivery in rehabilitation counselor education. Journal of Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education 29(3), 1-13. (R)

Oswald, G. R., Huber, M. J., Workman, J. R. (2015)A guide to developing evidence-based practices in rehabilitationcounseling research. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling 46(1), 34-39. (R)


Student Development

  • Faculty Mentors/Peer Mentors
  • Research Opportunities


  • Rehabilitation and Disability-Related
  • Evidence Based Practices
  • Technical Assistance


Gina Oswald, Ph.D.

Human Services
Associate Professor
Allyn Hall 108R, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Mary J. Huber, Ph.D., CRC

Human Services
Associate Professor
Allyn Hall 108U, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Sanjeev Dhakal

Graduate Student
Student college:
School of Medicine
Student major:
Pharmacology + Toxicology

Contact Information

108 Allyn Hall
Department of Human Services
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-2075