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January 2021 - Issue 1
Welcome to the first issue of the Disability Inclusive Employment Policy RRTC Newsletter. 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. This project is a collaboration between Syracuse, Harvard, and Rutgers universities.
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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.
Recent Team Publications
COVID-19 and Employment Losses for Workers with Disabilities: An Intersectional Approach
Authors Lisa Schur, Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Douglas Kruse - Rutgers University
This paper studies the disparate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers with an array of physical and mental disabilities, using comparisons to otherwise-similar workers without disabilities, and within disability categories. We pay particular attention to an intersectional analysis of individuals with multiple identities, especially disability, race/ethnicity, and gender.
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