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Research on Disability Releases Monthly nTIDE Report and Webinar which Shows Rising Disability Employment

September 30, 2016

On September 2, 2016, Research on Disability, a coalition of disability-focused research projects at the Institute on Disability and University of New Hampshire, released their latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report and “Lunch and Learn” webinar on the report.

The report shows that, according to multiple sources, the amount of people with disabilities who are employed has risen for the fifth month in a row. By August 2016, workers with disabilities represented three percent of all workers in the United States. Andrew Houtenville, associate professor of economics at the University of New Hampshire, stated that more people with disabilities are looking for work this year than in previous years. The report notes that one reason for the increases may be the efforts of proponents of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its Advisory Committee to promote competitive integrated employment. 

Similarly, the Lunch and Learn webinar on the report noted that the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) contributed cross-agency strategies for maximizing the employment of people with disabilities. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities all had representatives on the Advisory Committee, to ensure that people with significant disabilities have access to Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), much of which is funded through Medicaid; and that people have the supports they require to maintain health care coverage. One of the Committee’s main purposes was, according to nTIDE, to propose strategies that build capacity among agencies and government-funded disability service providers to assist people in achieving competitive integrated employment.

For more information, read the report and view the links on the nTIDE webinar portal page for Episode #7.