National Disability Employment Awareness Month, gives American Job Center service providers an opportunity to not only honor the contributions workers with disabilities make to America’s workplaces and the economy but to also examine program and policy-related research and evaluations that may enhance how we serve member of this community. 

These resources curated in the Workforce System Strategies (WSS) community provide insights relating to effectively employing and supervising workers and students with disabilities including the provision of appropriate accommodations; the impact of two federal laws on affected student education and employment outcomes; and supervisor perspectives from a national survey.

When Do Employers Provide Accommodations to Employees with Health Problems? (2018)

This report provides findings and policy implications from case study interviews in 2017 with human resources (HR) professionals and supervisors about provision of accommodations for workers with health problems. Fifteen HR professionals from 14 employers were interviewed in spring 2017.  Company size ranged from 80 to more than 20,000 employees. A variety of industries were represented including health care and social assistance; information and media; manufacturing; finance and insurance; transportation and warehousing; and educational services. Employers provided detailed information on 50 cases in which an employee developed or disclosed a health problem.

How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities (2018)

This report summarizes the education and employment outcomes of students with disabilities and analyzes how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can advance college and career readiness. It provides specific strategies, examples and guidance for state leaders to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities.  The report examines how ESSA and IDEA can promote the development of meaningful pathways to post-secondary opportunities including two- and four- year colleges, non-degree certificate programs and apprenticeships.  

National Employment & Disability Survey Supervisor Perspectives: Report of Main Findings (2017)

This report presents the findings of a national survey of more than 3,000 supervisors working for organizations employing at least 25 people regarding the effectiveness of recruitment, hiring, training and retention practices for employees with and without disabilities. The authors conducted the survey, known as the 2017 National Employment and Disability Survey:  Supervisor Perspectives, “to identify the practices used by employers to increase the employment of persons with disabilities and to understand supervisors’ views about the effectiveness of these practices.”