Disability Inclusive Employment Policy Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
- Governors’ Role in Promoting Disability Employment in COVID-19 Recovery Strategies: Impacts of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities
Author: National Governor’s Association
- Thirty Years of The Americans With Disabilities Act: Law Students And Lawyers As Plaintiffs And Advocates
Author: Peter Blanck
- America in pain, the nation’s well-being at stake
Author: Nicole Maestasa
- The Three Cs of Disclosing Serious Mental Illness at Work: Control, Conditions, Costs
Author: Marjorie Baldwin
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.
Today’s unprecedented health, social, and economic challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic require a retrospective, present-day, and prospective view of U.S. employment policy for individuals with disabilities. Over the next five years, the goal of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on “Disability Inclusive Employment Policy” (DIEP) will be to design and implement a series of studies that produce new data and evidence on policy levers to increase employment rates of persons with disabilities with the objective of informing current and future policy and program development.
Anticipated outcomes for the target populations over the next five years include the following:
- Policy makers will have new evidence-based options for employment-related policy development;
- VR and workforce development professionals will have increased strategies to support job seekers with disabilities;
- Businesses and HR professionals will have new evidence-based practices to enhance worker retention and quality of work experience;
- Employment service providers will have new evidence-based strategies to improve employment, job retention, and employment reengagement;
- Individuals with disabilities will have access to new knowledge to explore alternative paths to employment and career advancement;
- Researchers and students will have new data and evidence to support existing and next-generation research ideas; and
- Across targeted audiences there will be a next-generation disability policy framework to advance employment and economic self-sufficiency for working-age adults with disabilities.
From Syracuse, Harvard, and Rutgers Universities, the DIEP RRTC brings together a consortium of nationally recognized and synergized researchers from multiple disciplines including economics, psychology, law and public policy, business management and health. The research team is complemented by ten national associations with unprecedented reach to targeted audiences for knowledge translation and utilization activities: Disability:IN (employers), National Governors Association (state policy leaders), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (state VR professionals), Association of People Supporting Employment First (employment service providers), American Association of People with Disabilities and Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) (independent living directors; people with disabilities), National Disability Institute (community nonprofit; financial institution executives), the Center on Women and Work (women from minority backgrounds), and the ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE account owners with disabilities).