Research Activities at ODEP

To support the development of policies and practices/tools used to increase and improve employment opportunities for persons with a disability, ODEP conducts and oversees a wide variety of research and evaluation activities. This section includes select research and analytical reports, insights into disability employment statistics, and information on our grants and cooperative agreements.


Request for Information

Current Population Survey Disability Supplement Request for Information (RFI)ODEP is seeking information from the public regarding a supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS) on disability employment topics, which will be conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau in collaboration with the Department’s Chief Evaluation Office and is expected to be fielded in 2024. The Department is publishing this Request for Information (RFI) to gather comments to aid in revising the CPS Disability Supplement and inform its general disability employment research agenda. Individuals and/or organizations with an interest in this subject are encouraged to review the RFI and provide comments.


Latest Reports

Disability and the Digital Divide: Internet Subscriptions, Internet Use and Employment Outcomes

Disability and the Digital Divide: Internet Subscriptions, Internet Use and Employment Outcomes [PDF]
The research brief examines the disability digital divide and how it may relate to disability employment. In addition, the brief observes associations of disability status, home internet subscription types and internet use with employment retention between 2019 and 2020. Further, it examines access rates to home internet subscriptions from 2015 to 2019 and online activity participation rates in November 2019 among people with and without disabilities.

Employment of Persons with a Disability: Analysis of Trends during the COVID-19 Pandemic– Findings in Brief Report

Employment of Persons with a Disability: Analysis of Trends during the COVID-19 Pandemic– Findings in Brief [PDF]
(February 2022) Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been unprecedented changes in employment for America’s workforce. Many businesses ceased or scaled back operations and many state governments issued stay-at-home orders, prompting historically rapid declines and subsequent recovery in the labor market. Using data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS), researchers with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy provide insight into key labor force statistics, employment across industries and occupations, and the effect of the ease of social distancing and the ability to telework on occupational employment change.

Black Workers with Disabilities in the Labor Force: Did You Know? [PDF]
Disability is a natural part of the human experience, including within the Black community. This brief provides some facts to know about Black adults (age 16+) with disabilities within the US workforce.

Access to Paid Leave for Family and Medical Reasons Among Workers with Disabilities [PDF]
Most workers, including those with disabilities, will experience personal, medical and family caregiving events that demand time away from work. Access to paid leave for family and medical reasons could be especially important for both workers with disabilities and workers who are caregivers to family members with disabilities. This brief estimates the share of the workforce that has access to paid leave for certain family and medical reasons and highlights differences in access based on disability status.

Spotlight on Women with Disabilities [PDF]
The Office of Disability Employment Policy prepared this brief to examine the state of women with disabilities in the current labor market. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey, we examine disability prevalence, education levels, employment and related characteristics, poverty, health insurance coverage and the impact of COVID-19 on the employment of women with disabilities.