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The United States Disability System and Programs to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities


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  • David Wittenburg
  • Anu Rangarajan
  • Todd Honeycutt


This paper examines employment-focused policies in the U.S. disability system and summarizes rigorous evaluations of return-to-work supports targeted to people with disabilities. Several empirically validated approaches to providing return-to-work services to people with disabilities in the United States offer promising practices. The use of rigorous evaluation methods, and in particular random assignment designs, has been influential in convincing policymakers and practitioners of the effectiveness of alternatives to traditional approaches. However, more work needs to be done if policymakers are interested in promoting employment, given that many interventions have gone untested and most U.S. disability programs include work disincentives. Systematic tests of broader rehabilitation and disability support approaches could help address limitations in the current system.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 6107.

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Length: 34
Date of creation: 30 Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:6107

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Keywords: Disability; Employment; United States;

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  1. David R. Mann & David C. Stapleton, 2011. "Fiscal Austerity and the Transition to Twenty-First Century Disability Policy: A Road Map," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7214, Mathematica Policy Research.


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