Research on Disability

Disability Statistics
and Demographics

Rehabilitation and Research Training Center

State of the Science Conference 

Hyatt Regency Bethesda, MD 

April 23, 2012

The State-of-the-Science Conference under the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC)  is hosted to bring together scientists, administrators and staff from disability programs, and leaders from disability policy and advocacy communities to discuss the state of disability statistics and how to move the field forward.

The conference was held April 23, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD. 

The conference was divided into three concurrent sessions, each hosting presentations in a certain area of research. To view the presentations, please download them below. 


Session 1A. Linked Administrative Data: Benefits, Results, Access

Organizer: Dave Stapleton: Mathematic Policy Research (MPR)
Moderator: David Stapleton (MPR)
Discussant: Hugh Berry

Do VR Services Slow DI Entry? 
Presenters: Frank Martin (MPR); David Stapleton (MPR) 

Longitudinal Patterns of Medicaid and Medicare Coverage among SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries 
Presenters: Kalman Rupp (SSA); Gerald Riley (CMS) 

*The Post-Award Work Experiences of New SSI Beneficiaries: A Longitudinal Perspective 
Presenters: Yoni Ben-Shalom (MPR); David Stapleton (MPR)

Session 1B. Survey Methods and PWD as Respondents

Organizer: Debra Wright (MPR)
Moderator: Julie Weeks (NCHS)
Discussant: Purvi Sevak

Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Survey Participation for Persons with Disabilities
Presenter: Jason Markesich (MPR), Julita Milliner-Waddell (MPR), Anne Ciemnecki (MPR), Karen CyBulski (MPR)

Telephone vs Face-to-Face Interviewing of Persons with Disabilities
Presenter: Debra Wright (MPR), Matt Sloan (MPR), Kirsten Barrett (MPR)

*Characteristics of Survey Interviews among Sample Persons With and Without Disabilities
Presenter: Gerry Hendershot, Consultant on Disability and Health Statistics 

Session 1C. VR Program Evaluation Network

Organizer: Dave Vandergoot: Center for Essential Management (CEMS)
Moderator: David Vandergoot (CEMS)

VR Program Evaluation Network
Presenter: Michael Shoemaker, Utah VR
Presenter: Darlene Groomes, Oakland University in Michigan
Presenter: Scott Sabella, Northern Colorado University and the Region 8 TACE
Presenter: Jeff Haight, Iowa VR

Session 2A.  Identifying Population of PWD in National Surveys

Organizer: Andrew Houtenville: U of New Hampshire (UNH)
Moderator: Hakan Aykan (ASPE)

Disability Data in National Surveys
Presenter: Denise Hoffman (MPR) 

Performance of the 6 Questions
Presenters: Rich Burkhauser (Cornell), Andrew Houtenville (UNH), and Jennifer Tennant (Ithaca)

ACS Measures of disability and Measures that Focus on Work Limitation: A Closer Examination
Presenters: Barbara Altman (Consultant on Disability Statistics); Julie Weeks (NCHS)

Session 2B. Use of Survey and Admin Data by VR and IL Agencies

Organizer: John O’Neill (Hunter College)
Moderator: John O’Neill 

Working with State and Local VR and IL Agencies
Presenters: Tony Ruiz (UNH); Andrew Houtenville (UNH); Eric  Lauer (UNH)

The Effects of Vocational Rehabilitation for People with Cognitive Impairments
Presenter: David Dean, (U. Richmond) 

The Effect of VR Waiting Time on SGA outcomes for SSDI Beneficiaries over 48 Months
Presenter: David Stapleton (MPR) 

Session 2C. Transition Age Youth: The Contribution of Survey and Administrative Data

Organizer: Elizabeth Cardoso (Hunter College)
Moderator: Fong Chan (UW-Madison)

Employment and earnings Growth Among Transition-age SSI Participants
Presenters: Hugh Berry (NIDR) and Leslie Kaplan  (NIDR)

*Predictors of Post-School Employment Outcomes for Young Adults with Severe Disabilities
Presenter: Audrey Trainor  (UW-Madison)

Identifying Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities Using Existing Surveys
Presenters:  David Wittenburg (MPR); Todd Honeycutt (MPR)

Session 3A. Reporting of Disability Statistics by Federal Agencies

Organizer & Moderator: Andrew Houtenville (UNH)

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
Presenters: Tony Ruiz (UNH); Andrew Houtenville (UNH)

Federal Disability Expenditures
Presenters: Gina Livermore (MPR); David Stapleton (MPR)

Federal Cross Agency Program Participation Statistics for People with Disabilities
Presenters: Deb Brucker (UNH), Andrew Houtenville (UNH)

Reporting of Disability Stats by Federal Agencies
Presenters: Richard Horne (DOL); Terrence  McMenamin (DOL)

Session 3B. Residential Statistics on People with Disabilities

Organizer: Denise Hoffman (MPR)
Moderator:  Teresa Souza (HUD)

Housing Characteristics of People with Disabilities 
Presenters: Gina Livermore (MPR); Denise Hoffman (MPR)

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Including Group Quarters Residents with Household Residents Can Change What We Know About Working Age People with Disabilities
Presenters: Todd Honeycutt (MPR); David Stapleton (MPR)

Disability Among the Group Quarters Population: Evidence from the 2008-2010 American Community Survey
Presenter: Matt Brault, Census Bureau

Session 3C. Three Data-Driven Approaches to Improving VR Services

Organizer: Dave Vandergoot (CEMS)
Moderator: John Keegan (Hunter College)

The New York State Milestone Rate Setting Project
Presenter: Tom Giuffre (ACCESS-VR, NY)

The Consumer Satisfaction Project
Presenter: Bob Stensrud (Drake University)

VR Risk Adjusted Outcome Study
Presenter: Dave Vandergoot (CEMS)

*These presentations are not yet available but will be in the near future. Please check back soon.

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