Training Publications


I prepared two training webinars for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center.

View them here:

Disabilities Inclusion Webinars

Fact Sheets for Healthcare Providers:

I prepared a fact sheet advising healthcare providers on respectful interactions with patients who have disabilities. View and download it here:

Disability Stigma and Your Patients

A second fact sheet advises healthcare providers on ways to make medical facilities more accessible:

How to Make Healthcare Accessible for All

Research Publications

Open-access journal Articles:

Much of my research has critiqued the use of disability simulations as educational tools. I describe some of these issues and propose alternative methods of teaching about blindness in this article:

Read about the problems with blindness simulation here

Another study illustrates the benefits of braille literacy for legally blind adults:

Read about the importance of braille here

Other journal Articles:

I also have several other peer-reviewed journal articles about the psychology of disability. Contact Me for copies of these publications:

Silverman, A. M., Bell, E. C., & Mendez, M. A. (in press). Understanding the employment experiences of Americans who are legally blind. Journal of Rehabilitation.

Bell, E. C. & Silverman, A. M. (2018). Rehabilitation and employment outcomes for Americans who are blind or visually impaired: An updated report. Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 8:1.

Silverman, A. M., Molton, I. R., Smith, A. E., Jensen, M. P., & Cohen, G. L. (2017). Solace in solidarity: Disability friendship networks buffer well-being. Rehabilitation Psychology, Apr 10.

Silverman, A. M., Pitonyak, J. S., Nelson, I. K., Matsuda, P., Kartin, D., & Molton, I. R. (2017). Instilling positive beliefs about disabilities: Pilot testing a novel experiential learning activity for rehabilitation students. Disability and Rehabilitation, Feb 25.

Silverman, A. M., Verrall, A., Alschuler, K. N., Smith, A. E., & Ehde, D. M. (2016). Bouncing back again, and again: A qualitative study of resilience in people aging with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation, Feb 15, 1-9.

Silverman, A. M., Molton, I. R., Alschuler, K. N., Ehde, D. & Jensen, M. P. (2015). Resilience predicts functional outcomes in people aging with physical disabilities: A longitudinal investigation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96, 1262-1268. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.02.023.

Silverman, A. M., Gwinn, J. D., & Van Boven, L. (2015). Stumbling in their shoes: Disability simulations reduce judged capabilities of disabled people. Social Psychological And Personality Science, 6, 4464-471. DOI: 10.1177/1948550614559650.

Wang, K., Silverman, A. M., Gwinn, J. D., & Dovidio, J. (2015). Independent or ungrateful? Consequences of confronting patronizing treatment for people with disabilities. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 18, 489-503. DOI: 10.1177/1368430214550345.

Silverman, A. M. & Cohen, G. (2014). Stereotypes as stumbling-blocks: How stereotype threat affects life outcomes for people with physical disabilities. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1330-40. doi: 10.1177/0146167214542800.

Research summaries:

I have written summaries of disability research, which describe research evidence and its implications to people with disabilities, their families, professionals who work with them, and disability policy makers. For examples of research summaries that I have written, go to the following links:

Research in Focus Series

Fact Sheet: How to Bounce Back

Fact Sheet: How to Reduce Stress Through Mindfulness