History

InfoUse celebrates over 25 years

Incorporated in January 1985, InfoUse delivers a unique blend of human services planning, research and evaluation skills and multimedia. InfoUse inspires and promotes informed planning decisions and public policy that bring about meaningful change in disability, community services and health policy. With roots in Berkeley's Independent Living Center movement and in Vocational Rehabilitation, InfoUse started with the idea that as computer technology expands, the problem is not obtaining information but using it wisely.

Since the beginning, InfoUse has selected projects that generate change by making research, data, and technology easily understood and useful.  Our unique perspective on planning for the needs of people with disabilities has far-reaching impacts on policy and practice.

Clients have included the US Department of Education, the US Department of Labor, US National Institutes of Health, Westat, Academy for Educational Development (AED), Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), Research Triangle Institute (RYI), California Department of Rehabilitation, Berkeley Center for Independent Living (CIL), World Institute on Disability (WID), Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC), Xerox, NASA, American Management Association (AMA), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), The Sea Ranch, California Coastal Conservancy, and Cornell University. 

Examples of InfoUse projects and products:

 

Access to disability data 

Chartbooks on Disability

Evaluation and Policy studies

Since its founding, InfoUse has worked with many organizations in the Federal government, state government, and local public and non-profit organizations to support programs and service delivery through program evaluation, policy studies, and reports. 

Vocational Rehabilitation program management

Choice

PASRTC

VR-RTC

Needs Assessments

VR Needs Assessment Guide

VR Needs Assessment Guide Frequently Asked Questions

Seminar on the VR Needs Assessment Guide Presented by Lewis Kraus

Needs Assessments (CA)

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Multimedia for educating and informing

InfoUse has produced award-winning products that contribute to education in disability and health

Assistive technology:

InfoUse has designed and developed software that makes math accessible to students with disabilities. 

Mathpad

Mathpad Plus

Assistive technology data

Awards for InfoUse’s path breaking work have included:

  • California Chapter American Planning Association, Innovative Use of Technology Award: Santa Rosa Customer Information System, for the city of Santa Rosa
  • Association of Visual Communicators: Gold Cindy Award, Interactive Video and Multimedia for "Ashtown" (smoking prevention)
  • CDT Superfest XXIV Certificate of Merit for "Open Futures: People with Disabilities at Work"
  • Intercom International Communications Film and Video Competition: Silver Hugo, "Open Futures: Role Models for Youth with Disabilities"
  • Intercom International Communications Film and Video Competition: Gold Plaque, "Consumer Direction in Personal Assistance, How to Work Together"
  • San Francisco Business Times, "Women in Leadership Awards"

 

"Graduates" who have worked at InfoUse on our projects have taken roles in many excellent leading organizations including the University of California Berkeley, University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Massachusetts Boston, the Centers for Disease Control, the FBI, Sharfenberger Chocolate, Apple Computer, Nickelodeon, the Public Health Institute, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP),  and the Obama White House.  And InfoUse has been the incubator for several new enterprises launched by former team members who are carrying forward our tradition of excellence.

 

ABOUT INFOUSE PRESIDENT SUSAN STODDARD, PH. D.

Dr. Stoddard is a nationally recognized leader in disability and rehabilitation planning and research.  Dr. Stoddard’s training as a planner enables her to lead InfoUse in developing policy-relevant information and techniques that strengthen the availability of data at the state and local levels - so that the data can be effectively understood and used as a tool for change. Her expertise and knowledge in turn raises the consciences and sensibilities of others.  In establishing InfoUse, Dr. Stoddard created the National Center on Access to Disability Data, providing information to planners, policy makers, and the media. 

Dr. Stoddard also has provided professional development training for local chapters of the American Planning Association (APA) including project management in planning. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP ) and an Emeritus member of the California Planning Roundtable.