People with disabilities confront obstacles in obtaining employment, including stereotypes, discrimination, insufficient accommodation, and lack of best practices, as well as in obtaining competitively meaningful “good” jobs. The three research studies for this area consider: (1) expansion of the work activities of people with disabilities in the gig economy, who often have insecure contingent or non-standard jobs, and how effective policy can improve this situation; (2) expansion of non-traditional routes to employment, such as in Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (“DOBEs”) as locally-based suppliers to corporations and governments, and to create niche opportunities for people with disabilities to demonstrate their abilities; and (3) expansion of proven apprenticeships, which is a core path to employment presently of renewed importance to promote economic advancement and employment for people with disabilities.
- Project 4. Expanding Employee Status: Gig Workers as Employees or Contractors and impact on individuals with disabilities
- Project 5A. Disability-Owned Business Enterprises and Supply Chain Diversity: Underutilized Policy Lever to Increasing Disability Employment
- Project 5B. Apprenticeship: A Path to Sustainable Skilled Careers