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New Research from the RRTC on Individual-level Characteristics Related to Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

by User Not Found | Sep 30, 2015

In 2015, IOD researchers published three research articles as part of the NIDLRR-funded Individual-level Characteristics related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities Rehabilitation and Research Training Center.

The first article (Brucker, 2015) describes research conducted using data from the Current Population Survey. Results suggest that adults with disabilities who are in the labor force have higher levels of social capital than adults with disabilities who are not in the labor force. Among those persons with disabilities who are in the labor force, however, little difference in social capital exists between those who are and who are not employed.

The second article (Sevak, Houtenville, Brucker, & O’Neill, 2015) examines the association between individual characteristics and employment. Based on an analysis of data from the American Community Survey, findings suggest that the size of the gap in employment between persons with and without disabilities varies significantly by age, educational attainment, gender, marital status, race and ethnicity. 

The third article (Brucker, Houtenville & Lauer, 2015), summarizing research conducted using data from the American Community Survey, finds that the presence of an activity limitation is strongly associated with decreased odds of employment for persons with sensory or functional limitations.

IOD staff names are bolded in the full references below:

Brucker, D.L. (2015). Social capital, employment and labor force participation for persons with disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 43(1): 17-31. DOI: 10/3233/JVR-150751.

Sevak, P., Houtenville, A.J., Brucker, D.L. & O’Neill, J. (2015). Individual characteristics and the disability employment gap. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, DOI: 10.1177/1044207315585823.

Brucker, D.L., Houtenville, A.J. & Lauer, E.A. (2015). Using sensory, functional and activity limitation data to estimate employment outcomes for working-age persons with disabilities in the U.S. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. DOI: 10.1177/1044207315578949.  

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