Financial Boost Friday: Get paid for these Research Study Opportunities

The below research participant solicitation is being provided for informational purposes only. Penny Forward has simply been sent this information through other groups, and wants to share with all any possibilities for earning a little extra cash.

You will find each study at heading level 3, and more details at heading level 4 including, Description, who qualifies, compensation, and other contact information.


4 Current surveys going on right now for the blind community.

Autonomous Vehicle Perceptions by the Blind and Low Vision


I am Abigail Kuborn, a graduate student at the Indiana University School of Optometry researching user accessibility within autonomous or self-driving vehicles. We are investigating how diverse types of vision loss create different challenges and needs in transportation. Specifically, this project is investigating how blind and low vision users would prefer to interact with an autonomous vehicle. The future of this project is to partner with car manufacturers and shape the design of accessible technologies for users with any level of vision. I am looking for low vision and blind adults over the age of 18 who live in the United States to participate in my study.

This study consists of one phone call lasting about half an hour. We will have you complete a questionnaire over the phone about general characteristics about yourself, your travel behaviors, and your views about autonomous/self-driving vehicles. All of your responses will be anonymous and confidential.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation in my research study.

Abigail Kuborn


To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be over age 18
  • Speak English
  • Be blind or have low vision



Participants who complete the questionnaire will be entered into a drawing for three $100 gift cards.


To begin the study, please go to:


Other contact information:

If you have any questions before, during or after the study, feel free to contact me at (262) 416-3386 or by email at [email protected] .


Photo Privacy Management Accessibility


Would you like to participate in a paid research study to improve the accessibility of photo applications?

The University of Washington, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and University of Colorado Boulder are researching ways to design accessible privacy preserving features in photo applications. We are recruiting blind people with experience taking photos for this research project.

Thank you!


To be eligible for this research, participants must:

To participate, please first fill out a screening survey in the following link…

If you meet our recruitment criteria, we will invite you to take part in a survey study and a 2-hour session where you will try out a screen-reader-based application for detecting and removing private content in photos.



Each participant that completes the process, will be compensated with a $65 Amazon gift card.


Other contact information:

No additional contact information was given.


Do you have diabetes and low vision or blindness?



Insulin pens and pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems, medications and other diabetes treatments are available for diabetes management. However, many of these devices were not designed for users with low vision or blindness and have serious accessibility problems. We want to support these users by learning more about how low vision/blind individuals manage their diabetes.


To participate in this study, participants must:

Participation in this research involves completing a survey about diabetes management. Participation will last approximately 20 minutes.

Go directly to…



Participants will receive a $10 tango gift card for their time and effort.


Other contact information:

Dr. Allyson Hughes

Phone: 740.593.0465

Email: [email protected]

IRB # 22-E-195


Research on Accessibility and Usability of Digital Libraries in the Mobile Environment



Are you aged 18 or above? Are you a blind or visually impaired person who must rely on screen reader to interact with mobile devices? Do you have at least three years of experience searching for information on the Internet using any type of mobile device (e.g., iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet)? [no external keyboard is allowed except entering search terms] Are you comfortable verbalizing your thoughts in English? [your verbal data will help the research team identify the problems of current digital library design] Are you willing to install the online meeting software (Microsoft Teams)? [need to have reliable Internet connection without using VPN because it will slow down the search speed] If your response is yes to all, you can earn $100 for participating in a research study.

A research team comprising blind and sighted scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is investigating the accessibility and usability of digital libraries for users who are blind and visually impaired. The goal is to create digital library design guidelines to improve digital library design in the mobile environment, supporting blind and visually impaired people to effectively search for information online via mobile devices.


Looking for participants that may fill these criteria:

Based on the current progress of the user study, the research team needs the following participants for the study:

Android phone group: (1) More white female participants, (2) 2 to 3 white male participants.

Android tablet group: Any participants who satisfy the requirements.

iPad group: More male participants and senior participants (>50).


Study participants will be invited to join the study via an online Microsoft Teams meeting. Participants will “think aloud” as they search for information using digital library mobile websites. The search process and verbalizations will be video-recorded and later analyzed to understand how well the mobile interfaces support a blind user’s information search. Participation may take up to three hours at a time convenient to participants. In addition, participants will be interviewed during and after the searches.

If you are interested in participating in the research project, please fill in the screening questionnaire.



Upon completion of the study, participants will receive a $100 gift card to compensate for their time and effort and as a token of appreciation.


Other contact information:

If you have any questions, contact Shengang Wang

[email protected]

Please reference the project title: “Universal Accessibility and Usability of Digital Libraries in the Mobile Environment (IRB: 23. 191)” in the subject line of the email.


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