Policy Development & Technical Assistance Resources

To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors the following five policy development and technical assistance resources:

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CAPE YOUTH - Center For Advancing Policy On Employment For Youth

Disability Statistics


September 2021 Disability Employment Statistics Ages 16 years and over:

Labor Force Participation Rate

  • People with disabilities: 22.36%
  • People without disabilities: 67.0%

Unemployment Rate

  • People with disabilities: 9.0%
  • People without disabilities: 4.4%

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Policies in Practice

"I've amazed myself in what I can do," says Rajiv Shah, a computer specialist in the public affairs office at the U.S. Department of State. Rajiv obtained his position through the Schedule A hiring authority, which allows federal agencies to hire and/or promote people with disabilities without going through the regular competitive hiring process.

Rajiv Shah, a young white man wearing a gray shirt, plaid necktie and dark sunglasses. He holds a standard mobility cane. He is seated outdoors on a bench with trees and a government building visible in the background.

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