passing this on to you:


Dear Sir or Madame,

My name is Diane Collins, and I am a disabled, pre-doctoral fellow from
the
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. We are conducting a study on the
"Functional, Psychological, and Economic Benefits of Service Dog
Partnership." The inclusion criteria for the study is that an interested
person must be 18 years of age or older, and use a wheelchair or scooter
as
his or her primary means of mobility. I have 160 individuals enrolled in
the
study so far, but need more individuals in the control group, which is
made
up of individuals who use wheelchairs or scooters, and do not have
service
dogs.

The study is a one-time survey that takes about one hour to complete.
The
survey and consents are mailed to interested persons. The surveys can be
completed and then mailed to me, or I can interview interested people
over
the phone. Participants are reimbursed $20.00 for their time in
completing
the survey. We have a website that explains the study. That address is:
http://www.herlpitt.org/acs.htm. If you can help spread the word about
our
study, we would sincerely appreciate it. My email address is:
dmcst84@pitt.edu, and my direct phone number is 412-365-4844.

Thanks very much,

Diane

Diane M. Collins, MA, OTR/L
Rehabilitation Science and Technology Department
University of Pittsburgh

Mailing Address:
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
7180 Highland Dr., Bldg. 4, 151R-1
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: 412-365-4844
Fax: 412-365-4858

Email: dmcst84@pitt.edu
Study website: http://www.herlpitt.org/acs.htm