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ERIC Number: ED539268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 65
Abstractor: ERIC
2008 Disability Status Report: The United States
Erickson, W. Lee C.; von Schrader, S.
Employment and Disability Institute
The Annual Disability Status Reports provide policy makers, disability advocates, reporters, and the public with a summary of the most recent demographic and economic statistics on the non-institutionalized population with disabilities. They contain information on the population size and disability prevalence for various demographic subpopulations, as well as statistics related to employment, earnings, household income, veterans service-connected disability and health insurance. Comparisons are made to people without disabilities and across disability types. The Status Reports primarily look at the working-age population because the employment gap between people with and without disabilities is a major focus of government programs and advocacy efforts. Employment is also a key factor in the social integration and economic self-sufficiency of working-age people with disabilities. The estimates in the 2008 Disability Status Report are based on American Community Survey (ACS) data--a US Census Bureau survey designed to replace the Decennial Census long form. In 2008 the US Census Bureau made a number of significant changes to the ACS. These changes included an entirely new set of disability questions. The estimates in these reports are based on responses from a sample of the population and may differ from actual population values because of sampling variability and other factors. As a result, differences between the estimates for two or more groups may not be statistically significant. A glossary is included. [This paper was produced and edited with the assistance of Sara VanLooy and Ali Goheer.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell University, Employment and Disability Institute