Research and Publications
As a researcher, Dr. Yuker focused primarily on attitudes toward and perceptions of individuals with disabilities. As he once explained, "Attitudes toward disabled persons are complex and multifaceted. Many perspectives are possible. Data indicates that it is difficult to measure, change, and even to understand attitudes toward disabled persons. Even though these things are difficult, they must be done in order to improve the quality of life and status of persons with disabilities."
In 1956, while doing research at the Human Resources Foundation, a division of Abilities Inc., he developed a research program focusing on attitudes toward disabled persons. He developed a measure of attitudes called the Attitudes Toward Disabled Persons Scale, which became the basis for future research and publications.
The ATDP scale was first published in 1960, and an extended monograph based on the scale was published in 1966. In addition to assessing attitudes toward disabled persons, the ATDP scale was intended to be used to evaluate mainstreaming in schools and the employment of individuals with physical disabilities.
His book, Attitudes Toward People with Disabilities was published in 1988. Dr. Yuker's long list of publications includes several research monographs, journal articles, research reports, book reviews and edited books. Based on his interest in higher education, Dr. Yuker completed 40 research reports and several monographs dealing with faculty workloads and productivity.