employment

Company Characteristics, Disability Inclusion Practices, and Employment of People with Disabilities in the Post COVID-19 Job Economy: A Cross Sectional Survey Study

This journal article investigates company characteristics and effective disability inclusion practices in the post-COVID economy that are related to employment of people with disabilities.

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The Importance of Employment to Workers With Preexisting Behavioral Health Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An article published in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Researchers surveyed 270 working adults with psychiatric disabilities in April and May 2020. This is the first study to suggest the important role that work played for people with preexisting behavioral health disorders during the pandemic, with both positive and negative influences, and important implications for services and supports. 

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Fact Sheet on Disability and Telework During the Pandemic

This fact sheet summarizes data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to describe trends in telework for people with and without disabilities during the pandemic (PDF).

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Workers with Disabilities Were Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, but Stayed Engaged in the Labor Force

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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The Direct Support Workforce and COVID-19: Low Wages and Racial Disparities

This policy brief summarizes the results of a national survey conducted by RTC-CL of nearly 9,000 direct support professionals (DSPs) providing support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The takeaways are fear of COVID-19 infection among DSPs and the people they support, low wages, high turnover and vacancy rates, and significant wage differences between Black DSPs and their white counterparts.

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People with Inhalation Injuries After Burn May Have Additional Challenges Returning to Work

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

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Changes in the employment status of people with and without disabilities in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic

Article published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (APMR). Using data from the monthly Current Population Survey, this paper provides monthly employment and unemployment statistics for people with and without disabilities in the United States, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic to-date (January 2021). Estimates show that, like workers without disabilities, workers with disabilities experienced unemployment at the beginning of the pandemic and continued to remain engaged in the labor force.

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The resiliency of employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown: A retrospective review of employment files

This journal article examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent recession on individuals with IDD who worked in competitive employment from February to July 2020. Findings indicate that these employees were not able to work from home and experienced furlough or lay off instead. Further, the number of hours worked monthly was also significantly affected. Wages were not affected by the pandemic and recession.

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