ERIC Number: ED427472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Disability and Employment. Disability Statistics Abstract Number 11.
LaPlante, Mitchell P.; Kennedy, Jae; Kaye, H. Stephen; Wenger, Barbara L.
This statistical abstract summarizes recent data on the relationship between disability and employment. The statistics come from the Current Population Survey, the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation, a poll of 1,000 Americans with disabilities, and administrative data on recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Findings indicate: (1) prevalence rates for work disability increase markedly with age, and rates are substantially higher for African Americans; (2) there is a 13.4 percent unemployment rate for the 5.4 million labor force participants with work disabilities; (3) only 27.8 percent of working-age people with work disabilities have jobs compared to 76.3 percent of those without disabilities; (4) of working-age people with disabilities who have no jobs, 42 percent report that they would be able to work if suitable employment could be found; (5) 30 percent of people with work disabilities live below the poverty level; (6) working people with work disabilities earn only 63.6 percent as much as those without disabilities; and (7) the number of working-age people receiving either SSDI or SSI checks has increased 50 percent since 1982. The need for vocational rehabilitation, along with education and skills training, is stressed. (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Inst. for Health and Aging.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security Disability Insurance