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Disability Research Forum: Obstacles and Opportunities: The U.S. Economy, State VR Programs, and SSDI Beneficiaries

by User Not Found | Sep 26, 2012

Forum 21
Obstacles and Opportunities: The U.S. Economy, State VR Programs, and SSDI Beneficiaries

Thursday, October 4, 2012 • 12:00-1:30 p.m. (EDT)
Mathematica's Washington, DC, office (1100 First Street, NE, Washington, DC)

Register to attend in person (lunch will be provided)

Register to attend via webinar

The expert panel of speakers:

The economic fortunes of working-age people with disabilities have been declining relative to those of others for several decades, and the recent recession accelerated that decline. Among adults age 18 to 64, only a third of people with disabilities are employed, compared to nearly 73 percent of their counterparts without disabilities.

This forum will present new findings on the employment and program participation of people with disabilities. Topics will include:

  • The employment experiences of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries before and after the Great Recession, based on statistics from the Current Population Survey and from the 2006 and 2010 National Beneficiary Surveys
  • The impact of long wait times at state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies on the employment-related outcomes of SSDI beneficiaries, based on VR administrative records matched to records from the Social Security Administration
  • The extent to which state VR agencies serve clients who are en route to SSDI entry

Pre-registration is required for both the in-person event and the webinar. Please register by 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, for in-person attendance. All guests attending the in-person event will be required to sign in and present a photo ID.