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.

Latest Reports

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.