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ERIC Number: ED421824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Is the Status of People with Disabilities Improving?
Kaye, H. Stephen
Disability Statistics Abstract, n21 May 1998
This report discusses the findings of national surveys that show little evidence of improvement in the economic well-being of Americans with disabilities. Positive and negative findings include: (1) the labor force participation rate for people with disabilities aged 18-64 remained more or less constant, at about 52 percent between 1990 and 1994; (2) the employment rate of people aged 16-64 with work disabilities was also steady at 28 or 29 percent for 1990-1995; (3) four-fifths of employers polled said that they had made accommodations for workers with disabilities, up from 51 percent in 1986; (4) people aged 21-64 with severe functional limitations had an employment rate of 27.6 percent in late 1991 and that rate had risen to 32.2 percent by late 1994; (5) earnings remain significantly lower for workers with disabilities than typical workers; (6) in 1989, 28.9 percent of working-age adults limited in their ability to work lived in poverty and in 1994 the poverty rate was 30 percent; (7) 75 percent of people with disabilities polled said access to buildings has improved since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and (8) findings indicate that the social participation of people with disabilities remains low. (CR)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Disability Statistics Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990