Research on Disability

2008-2013 Disability Statistics
and Demographics

Rehabilitation and Research Training Center



Large quantities of survey and administrative data related to people with disabilities are collected each year. These data often lack clarity and continuity and are therefore underutilized, leading to missed opportunities to improve the programs and policies that advance the lives of people with disabilities. 

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) aims to improve knowledge about and access to existing data, and generate the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection and dissemination. It is our goal to foster evidence-based decision making by people with disabilities and their families, advocates, policymakers, program administrators, service providers, and researchers by making data widely available and accessible. 

This grant contract period was October 2008 through September 2013. Although the research projects have been completed, the 2013 Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics is being produced as a product of this grant. The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability has secured another five years of funding to continue the valuable work of this grant through 2018. Please see here for more information with regard to the new grant period opened October 2013.


The StatsRRTC is a collaboration including:

  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Center for Essential Management Services (CEMS)
  • Cornell University
  • Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)
  • Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Kessler Foundation
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • University of New Hampshire

The StatsRRTC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research under cooperative agreement H133B080012, from 2008 - 2013. The information developed by the StatsRRTC does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government (Edgar, 75.620 (b)).