The ENVIRONMENT research theme looks into the factors influencing social participation in three categories:
1) The social environment
2) The physical environment
3) The technological environment.
The three major CIRRIS research purposes are covered by the research activities conducted under this theme, namely: 1) the understanding of the mechanisms, processes and needs, 2) the development and validation of assessment tools, intervention and technology, and 3) the evaluation and analysis of practices, policies and programs. The researchers of this theme come from various disciplines including the health sciences, the social sciences, the natural sciences and engineering. The research projects thus range from the understanding of social phenomena dealing with prematurity and child development, to the assessment and approval of assistive devices, to the conceptualization of disability, human development and citizenship of people with disabilities as well as interventions with families or the workplace. To carry out this diversity of projects, methodologies and research tools are quite varied. The projects are carried out both in laboratories and in the participants' life environment. Even organizations and policies can be subjects of research questions. In short, the spectrum of projects under this theme is very broad. These projects are generally interdisciplinary but are increasingly intersectorial. The activities of the Urban Accessibility, Disability and Citizenship Team, funded by the FRQ-SC, is a perfect example of this intersectorial style of research.