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Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

“People with disabilities who are seeking work, employed, underemployed, or unemployed are, contrary to the purposes of the Rehabilitation Act, prevented by structural, systemic, and attitudinal barriers from maximizing their “equality of opportunity, full inclusion and integration in society, employment, independent living, and economic and social self-sufficiency.”

Rehabilitation Act Section 2(a)(6)(B))


Project Highlights


Research Reflections

Employment to Population Ratio, Ages 18-64. Three month moving average, by Race and Disability Status.

Research from the Field


Newsletter One – January 2021
Newsletter Two – April 2021
Newsletter Three – July 2021

Research Spotlight

Federal Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Update

Authors: prepared by APSE, a DIEP Knowledge Translation partner

The first 6 months of 2021 have been largely consumed by transition-related activities, as the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress began their tenure. Legislative priorities have focused on continued COVID relief and infrastructure.
For disability inclusive employment, there are three areas of primary concern: 1) Phase out of 14c, 2) Reauthorization of WIOA, and 3) HCBS expansion. This presentation includes: Congressional & Administrative Policy Updates, Federal Legislation Tracking, and State Legislation Updates.

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Recommendations to Improve Collection and Dissemination of Disability Data: Recommendations to Help Implement Executive Order 13985

Authors: Nanette Goodman, Michael Morris, & Andrea Urqueta Alfaro

On January 20th, President Biden issued Executive Order (EO) 13985 to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities throughout the federal government. “Underserved communities” is defined as including “people with disabilities” as a group that has been “historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.” The EO asks each federal agency to assess whether and to what extent its programs and policies perpetrate systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for people of color and other underserved groups, such as individuals with disabilities. Each agency is asked to make recommendations to change policies and practices to advance equity to the targeted underserved communities, such as individuals with disabilities. Such efforts could include pilot programs and engage community organizations to identify actions to be taken. The EO also calls for establishment of an Interagency Working Group on Equitable Data. The group will develop recommendations to expand and refine the data collected analyzed and disseminated to measure equity related to the targeted vulnerable populations.

The following brief sets out the current challenges of disability data collection and analysis and makes recommendations for changes across the federal government in the collection, analysis and dissemination of disability data to improve federal efforts to promote equity for people with disabilities.

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Burton Blatt Institute Syracuse University