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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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Reasonable Accommodation - Best Practices for Return to Work During COVID-19

As vaccination efforts ramp up and pandemic safety measures improve, employers are seeking guidance on how to navigate the return to the workplace, particularly for employees with disabilities. In this archived webinar, presenters discussed issues such as requests for telework or leave, accommodating employees with mental health impairments, temporary job restructuring, vaccinations, and medical documentation.

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Accommodation Problems and Solutions for Reopening with COVID-19

This document outlines potential accommodation problems resulting from reopening safety practices, and lists ideas for accommodation solutions. It is being developed with the help of crowd sourcing, and is part of the Work ACCESS project’s efforts to develop an online tool for conducting workplace accommodation assessments.

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Accommodation Problems and Solutions Associated with Telework

This document outlines potential accommodation problems resulting from telework, and when possible, lists ideas for accommodation solutions. It has been developed with the help of crowd sourcing, and is part of the Work ACCESS project’s efforts to develop an online tool for conducting workplace accommodation assessments.

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nTIDE Special Reports on COVID-19

In response to the pandemic, the EP-RRTC hosted monthly National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Special Reports – Implications of COVID-19, where a team of experts share their latest perspectives, based on data from a population survey released mid-month, on the coronavirus pandemic and its implications on employment, emerging bills and policies, and resources for the days ahead. The series continues with support from Kessler Foundation and all discussions are archived for future viewing.

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