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ERIC Number: ED537099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-7
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Emerging Employment Issues for People with Disabilities: Disability Disclosure Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Use of Job Applicant Screeners
von Schrader, Sarah; Malzer, Valerie; Erickson, William; Bruyere, Susanne
Employment and Disability Institute
People with disabilities are employed at less than half the rate of their non-disabled peers; and the current economic climate is making it even harder for people with disabilities to obtain employment. During the summer and fall of 2011, Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) collaborated on the development and implementation of a survey on current critical issues around the employment of people with disabilities. This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disabilities Rehabilitation Research for Cornell's Employment Policy for People with Disabilities Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. Three primary issues were addressed in the survey: disability disclosure, leave as a reasonable accommodation, and the use of job applicant screeners. These are emerging issues that may have an important impact (positive or negative) on the employment of people with disabilities. The experiences uncovered in this survey provide a foundation for policy development around these very critical issues. Results show that the majority of respondents identified themselves as a person with disability (599) while the rest (212) did not. As might be expected based on the methods for survey distribution, many of the respondents were disability advocates and/or disability service providers. Overall, respondents were highly educated, with more than two-thirds having a college degree. The results provide a window into the experience of individuals with disabilities in the application and employment process. Interestingly, disclosure was an issue that appeared in all three sections of the survey. Copy of the Online Survey is appended. A bibliography is included. (Contains 4 tables and 7 figures.)
Employment and Disability Institute. ILR School Cornell University 201 Dolgen Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. Tel: 607-255-7727; Fax: 607-255-2763; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Cornell University, Employment and Disability Institute