An examination of disability in New England reveals that the region has the largest percentage of Baby Boomers in the United States (age 52-70). This and other findings are highlighted in the slideshow, ‘Aging, Disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act’ and research report, ‘An Examination of Disability in New England’ (2018) both by the New England ADA Center.
An Examination of Disability in New England: A Demographic Study by Matthew Brault (2018)
The following refereed publications are the results of cooperative research efforts between the New England ADA Center and Drexel University's Center for Labor Market Policies from 2006-2011.
Recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics allows assessment of the impact of the Great Recession on working age persons with disabilities in America. Following an overview of the nature and scope of the Great Recession, the labor market experiences of persons with and without disabilities are compared for 16 of the 22 months of its duration. Differences which favor those without disabilities were detected in the labor market rate, the official unemployment rate, and in the desire for work among those who have quit the workforce. These differences persisted among subgroups based upon age and educational attainment. Finally, the reasons for unemployment are quite different for persons with and without disabilities.
Our research found that community colleges appear to enroll disproportionately large shares of students with disabilities. To meet the challenge of increasing the number of associate degree awards, new organizational designs, programs and incentives are needed to increase retention and graduation of students with disabilities.
The objective of this report is to estimate the number and characteristics of people with disabilities across and within the six New England states. Find highlights for your state.