ODEP and our grantees, contractors, and other partners undertake a variety of research, analysis, and evaluation efforts to help us achieve our mission. This page contains information and links to work currently underway as well as work published in the past year. For earlier work, please visit our Past Work page. For tools and other resources related to research highlighted in this section, please visit project-specific pages.

2022

Disability and Current Population Survey (CPS) COVID-19 Supplemental Data

(June 2022) Five questions were added to the basic monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) in May 2020, to address the unprecedented changes occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This COVID-19 supplemental data permits further insights into the issues of telework/work-at-home, loss of work due to the employer closing or losing business, receiving pay for lost work, prevention from looking for work, and inability to receive necessary medical care. Researchers with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy utilize this data to provide understanding of how these impacts differed for people with disabilities.


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

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

(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?

(February 2022) 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.

2021

Access to Paid Leave for Family and Medical Reasons Among Workers with Disabilities

(December 2021) 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.


Inclusive Apprenticeship

(May 2021) Inclusive apprenticeship programs — those that support and are designed to be inclusive of apprentices with disabilities — hold promise for improving long-term employment outcomes for participants. However, little is known about the prevalence and operations of inclusive apprenticeship programs. This report summarizes current information on experiences of people with disabilities in apprenticeship, drawing on the research literature, interviews with experts on inclusive apprenticeship, and administrative and survey data.


Spotlight on Women with Disabilities

(March 2021) This brief examines 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.


Employment for PWD: Analysis of Trends during COVID-19 Pandemic – Findings in Brief

(March 2021) 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. Using key labor force statistics from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) researchers with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy sought to provide insight into the recent changes. This brief expands data published in September and explores changes in employment for people with and without a disability in various occupations and industries.

2020

Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Models and Strategies

(September 2020) Improving the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work outcomes of individuals who experience an injury or illness that inhibits their ability to work remains a key policy goal. Researchers found SAW/RTW programs available on a large scale may have the most impact on those workers likely to leave the labor force without such assistance. Developing effective SAW/RTW programs requires information about the current policy landscape and evidence about what kinds of SAW/RTW assistance is effective and for whom. The findings from this project also highlight a number of areas for future research and provide guidance on five strategies to expand evidence on effective SAW/RTW interventions. Click here to view our research and publications that preceded this project.


Findings in Brief

This report includes a summary of information about the study, the process, and findings from each report.


Synthesis of SAW/RTW Programs, Models, Efforts, & Definitions

This report and the accompanying summary describe SAW/RTW programs operating in the U.S. at the time of publication.


Synthesis of Evidence about SAW/RTW and Related Programs

This report and the companion summary provide a synthesis of evidence published between 2008 and 2018 on the effects of SAW/RTW or related programs on employment and the receipt of federal disability benefits.


Early Intervention Pathway Map and Population Profiles

This report and the companion summary provide a synthesis of evidence published between 2008 and 2018 on the effects of SAW/RTW or related programs on employment and the receipt of federal disability benefits.


Evaluation Design Options Report

This report and the accompanying summary offer five options for new research to build evidence about the target populations for SAW/RTW and to test the effects of interventions on employment outcomes.


Community College Interventions for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities - Evaluation

(December 2020) The Community College Interventions for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Demonstration and Evaluation contributes to the growing evidence base on ways to best serve students with disabilities in higher education. Findings help enhance the policies and services designed to increase the enrollment and completion of community college programs among students with disabilities.


Demonstration and Evaluation of Community College Interventions for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

Building Accessible and Inclusive Community College Environments for Students with Disabilities

Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities

(April 2020) To survey collected information from employers about organizational policies, practices, successes and challenges as well as attitudes and beliefs in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of people with disabilities. ODEP sponsored a similar effort in 2008.


Survey of Employer Policies on the Employment of People with Disabilities: Final Report

Implementation of Disability-Inclusive Workplace Policies and Practices by Federal Contractors and Non-Federal Contractors

Implementation and Effectiveness of Disability-Inclusive Workplace Practices and Policies

Employer Practices and Attitudes toward the Employment of People with Disabilities: Issue Brief