Summary Disabled Immigrants Face Compounding Barriers to Education and Employment
Insights from an Expert Convening and Future Research Directions
Dulce Gonzalez, Paola Echave
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Disabled immigrants face unique, intersecting barriers to education and employment—two important contributors to financial well-being. However, limited research explores these barriers and strategies to improve the financial well-being of immigrants with disabilities. This document highlights key takeaways from a convening of nine experts from universities, research organizations, and community organizations knowledgeable about immigration and disability held in July 2023. During the meeting, participants explained how immigrants with disabilities face multiple structural barriers due to their disability status, nativity and immigration status, race, ethnicity, language, and other factors that impact their education and employment outcomes. Participants described how educational institutions and vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities often lack the cultural and linguistic competencies needed to effectively support disabled immigrant students and their families. Participants also discussed how Protection and Advocacy systems and community-based organizations could help bridge current gaps in access to education and employment opportunities. Based on participant insights, this document outlines a few directions for future research, including evaluating what employment and education services are available to disabled immigrants and whether disabled immigrants are aware of disability rights in the US. 

Research Areas Immigration Wealth and financial well-being Education Economic mobility and inequality Children and youth Disability equity policy
Tags Immigrant children, families, and communities K-12 education Higher education Employment Disabilities and employment
Policy Centers Health Policy Center Income and Benefits Policy Center