Research on Disability

Kessler National
Employment Survey



Project - The Survey

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The UNH Team (the UNH Institute on Disability and UNH Survey Center) in close collaboration with the Kessler Foundation will create a telephone questionnaire with a minimum of 50 questions, consistent with a 15-minute telephone interview.  The UNH-SC will field this questionnaire using a dual-frame (landline and cellphone) random digit dial (RDD) sample of 3,000 adults (ages 18-64) with disabilities residing in the United States.  

The target population (a.k.a., universe) of this study is the noninstitutional population of adults (ages 18-64) with disabilities.  A seven question screen will be used to identify this target population—the Current Population Survey (CPS) six question sequence (6QS) and work limitation question: (1) Hearing—Is anyone deaf or does anyone have serious difficulty hearing?   (2) Vision—Is anyone blind or does anyone have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses?  (3) Cognitive—Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does anyone have serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?  (4) Ambulatory—Does anyone have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs?  (5) Self-Care—Does anyone have difficulty dressing or bathing?  (6) Independent Living—Because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition, does anyone have difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping?  (7) Work Limitation—Do anyone have a health problem or disability which prevents them from working or which limits the kind or amount of work they can do? 

Findings from the survey will be disseminated through multiple channels and in collaboration with the Kessler Foundation.  First, the senior staff members will participate in the planning and implementation of Kessler-led dissemination activities; for example, (1) strategizing with the Kessler Communication Department and Winning Strategies about ways to approach the general media and social media outlets, (2) developing materials and talking points which senior Kessler staff members may use during interviews and conference presentations, (3) coming to events and speaking with representatives from the media, and (4) working on ways to leverage the nTIDE effort to promote the findings of the survey.  

Second, the final report and executive summary will be promoted via the web sites, list-serves, and social media efforts of the StatsRRTC, EPM-RRTC, UNH-IOD, UNH-SC, CSAVR, and USBLN.  We will use our extensive networks to direct interested parties to the Kessler web sites, resources, and events so that Kessler may track the usage/interest in the survey (e.g., number of downloads) and field inquiries. 

Third, we will (a) offer Kessler staff members the opportunity to present the results at the 2015 Capitol Hill Briefing for the StatsRRTC’s Annual Report on Disability/Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and (b) offer Kessler the opportunity to focus the EPM-RRTC’s Annual Capitol Hill Roundtable on Disability Policy (the afternoon event) on survey’s findings, potential policy implications, and reactions from the field (such as Hill staffers and folks from CSAVR and the USBLN). 

The outcomes of the survey is to inform research and advocacy efforts to develop innovative and sustainable approaches (for use by individuals, families, service providers, and employers) to maximize the employment opportunities of people with disabilities.  For example, provide information to assist Kessler Signature Grantees to design and refine their programs.  In short, it is our goal conduct a scientifically valid and informative survey to assist the Kessler Foundation and others in their efforts to promote innovation in the employment of people with disabilities.

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