Barriers to and Supports for Work among Adults with Disabilities

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Barriers to and Supports for Work among Adults with Disabilities

Results from the NHIS-D

Abstract

This paper examines barriers to work among adults with disabilities in two specific areas - searching for jobs and workplace accomodations - using data from the 1994/95 National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement. Focusing on the subgroup with a high likelihood of future work, we find that a majority report difficulties searching for work, particularly in gaining information about appropriate jobs and having transportation to search. About a third of non-workers report needing workplace accommodations in order to work. The specific types of accommodations needed are similar to those being used by current workers with disabilities. We also find that need for accommodation, even after controlling for severity of disability, reduces the probability of work.

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