East Hanover, NJ – February 7, 2020. The information was constructive for the yr’s first jobs report, with small beneficial properties for Americans with disabilities, in accordance with immediately’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).
In the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Jobs Report launched Friday, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age individuals with disabilities elevated from 29.eight p.c in January 2019 to 30.7 p.c in January 2020 (up 3.Zero p.c or 0.9 share factors). For working-age individuals with out disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio additionally elevated from 73.6 p.c in January 2019 to 74.Four p.c in January 2020 (up 1.1 p.c or 0.eight share factors). The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, displays the share of people who find themselves working relative to the whole inhabitants (the variety of individuals working divided by the variety of individuals within the whole inhabitants multiplied by 100).
“The labor market’s persevering with energy appears to be benefiting staff with disabilities,” stated John O’Neill, PhD, director of employment and incapacity analysis at Kessler Foundation. “This achieve within the employment-to-population ratio is on course as we enter the brand new yr.”
The labor pressure participation fee for working-age individuals with disabilities elevated from 33.Zero p.c in January 2019 to 33.6 p.c in January 2020 (up 1.eight p.c or 0.6 share factors). For working-age individuals with out disabilities, the labor pressure participation fee additionally elevated from 76.9 p.c in January 2019 to 77.Four p.c in January 2020 (up 0.7 p.c or 0.5 share factors). The labor pressure participation fee is the share of the inhabitants that’s working or actively searching for work.
“Perhaps January is the beginning of an upward development for 2020,” stated Andrew Houtenville, PhD, performing director of the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, “which might be an enchancment over 2019 — a reasonably flat yr for employment development for individuals with disabilities.”
In January 2020, amongst staff ages 16-64, the 4,628,000 staff with disabilities represented 3.2 p.c of the whole 146,367,000 staff within the U.S.
Beyond the Numbers
The political activism of the 1960s fueled grass root actions for societal change, together with the Independent Living Movement, aimed on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in American life. This Movement influenced essential laws, such because the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and contributed to the formation of the primary Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, California. Today, greater than 400 nonprofit consumer-directed Centers for Independent Living (CILs) present consumer-driven community-based applications and providers centered on info and referral, peer help, advocacy, and impartial residing abilities. To be sure that the pursuits of their constituencies are served, CILs require that their workers and boards comprise higher than 50 p.c participation by individuals with disabilities.
In 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) modified the nationwide panorama for workforce improvement with its deal with the transition of individuals with disabilities to aggressive built-in employment. A Pennsylvania CIL was acknowledged by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) for its modern strategy towards fulfilling this mandate, in accordance with Dr. O’Neill. Based in Allentown, PA, the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) was effectively positioned to meet WIOA’s mandate due to its long-term partnership with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), in accordance with Seth Hoderewski, LVCIL’s Director of Transition Services.
LVCIL’s applications for youth transition are fashions for fulfillment, which Hoderewski attributes to shut relationships with neighborhood organizations and employers, in addition to with OVR. One instance is Real World Lehigh Valley, a summer time program for younger individuals ages 16 to 21 years. The program is embedded at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, an area employer that hires 3,000 to 4,000 individuals every year.
“Working at Dorney Park is a ceremony of passage for the youth of Lehigh Valley,” famous Hoderewski, “and now, by means of Real World, younger individuals with disabilities can share within the common experiences of their friends. They learn to get a job and tips on how to hold a job,” stated Hoderewski. “In addition to paid work expertise, they interview with Dorney Park, and a few have been employed,” he stated. Human sources at Dorney Park has embraced Real World Lehigh Valley, proposing new concepts for enhancing this system. Their in-service coaching now contains yearly incapacity sensitivity coaching, one other signal of their dedication. Hoderewski is hopeful that their enthusiasm will affect employment practices on the ten different properties owned by mother or father firm Cedar Fair. “Through our partnerships, we’ve got established pathways to the office,” he stated, “however a lot of what we do entails altering attitudes about individuals with disabilities. That’s what’s essential to the long-term success of our transition applications.”
Ask Questions about Disability and Employment
Join our nTIDE Lunch & Learn sequence immediately, February 7, at 12:00 pm Eastern. This dwell broadcast, hosted through Zoom Webinar, gives attendees Q&A on the most recent nTIDE findings, supplies information and updates from the sphere, in addition to invited panelists to debate present disability-related findings and occasions. Today’s friends are Richard Petty, director, IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living at ILRU, and director, National Center for Aging and Disability at TIRR, and Seth Hoderewski and Joe Michener from the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living in Allentown, PA. They be part of nTIDE hosts Dr. O’Neill, Megan Henly, PhD, undertaking director at UNH-IOD, and Denise Rozell, coverage strategist at AUCD. Join dwell or watch the recordings at: ResearchonDisability.org/nTIDE.
NOTE: The statistics within the nTIDE are primarily based on Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers however will not be similar. They are personalized by UNH to mix the statistics for women and men of working age (16 to 64). nTIDE is funded, partially, by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (90RT5037) and Kessler Foundation.
About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation, a significant nonprofit group within the subject of incapacity, is a worldwide chief in rehabilitation analysis that seeks to enhance cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes — together with employment — for individuals with neurological disabilities brought on by ailments and accidents of the mind and spinal twine. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding modern applications that increase alternatives for employment for individuals with disabilities. For extra info, go to KesslerFoundation.org.
About the Institute on Disability on the University of New Hampshire
The Institute on Disability (IOD) on the University of New Hampshire (UNH) was established in 1987 to supply a coherent university-based focus for the development of data, insurance policies, and practices associated to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their households. For info on the NIDILRR-funded Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, go to ResearchonDisability.org.
For extra info, or to interview an knowledgeable, contact: Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382, [email protected]