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ERIC Number: ED511105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 58
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Actions that Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities. Highlights of a Forum. GAO-10-812SP
Bertoni, Daniel
US Government Accountability Office
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)--now in its 20th year--calls for the full participation of individuals with disabilities in society, including the workforce. Yet, many barriers exist that may prevent them from staying connected or returning to employment. For instance, eligibility requirements for receiving public disability benefits or health coverage are not always consistent with helping to keep individuals at work or facilitating their return. Also, employers may not know how to accommodate employees with disabilities or may lack financial incentives to do so. GAO (Government Accountability Office) convened a forum on March 16, 2010, to explore policy options and actions that could be taken to help adults with a current or past work history improve their participation in the workforce. Participants included experts and officials representing a variety of views. Prior to the forum, GAO surveyed a larger group of experts to help inform the discussion. Comments expressed during the forum or on the survey do not necessarily represent the views of all participants, the organizations they represent, or GAO. Although GAO is not making recommendations, based on our prior work and consistent with a past GAO proposal to Congress, GAO agrees with forum participants that strong federal leadership is essential for achieving the level of coordination required to effectively leverage resources to improve work participation for Americans with disabilities. Appendices include: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) First Delphi Survey; (3) Second Delphi Survey; (4) Forum Agenda; (5) Forum Participants; and (6) GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 45 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990