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The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center

Maris Heidkamp and William Mabe, Ph.D.

June 2011

During America’s Great Recession from 2007 to 2009 that left millions of workers unemployed, one group was hit hard – people with disabilities. Between June 2008 and September 2009, nearly one-third of people with disabilities were unemployed for at least six months (long-term unemployed) compared with a quarter of people without disabilities. This report examines how the population of job seekers with and without disabilities served through One-Stop Career Center (now known as American’s Job Centers or AJCs) changed during the recession, the extent of knowledge about reemployment and One-Stop Rapid Response efforts by vocational rehabilitation counselors and others working with people with disabilities in reemployment, targeted strategies of state and local governments to provide reemployment services to dislocated workers with self-disclosed disabilities, and if the efforts included strategies to increase the self-disclosure rate of people with disabilities. The NTAR Leadership Center (National Technical Assistance and Research Center to Promote Leadership for Increasing the Employment and Economic Independence of Adults with Disabilities) was a training and technical assistance center funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators