Discover the True Nature of Disability in New England

In New England, current estimates of disability are higher than previously thought. Startled? We are. And even more startling is that the largest percentage of adults with disabilities (age 18+) have:

  • Upper body limitations
  • Mental disabilities
  • Use canes, crutches and walkers

And the smallest percent of adults with disabilities have:

  • Difficulties hearing
  • Vision difficulties
  • Use wheelchairs

Find your State and City in our ‘Data on Disability in States, Cities and Sub-Groups in New England’

Data on Disability in States, Cities, and Sub-Groups

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Challenges to Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act in New England

Results from the Identifying Challenges to Implementing the ADA Survey for Cities and Towns in New England are available. Read key findings below and our full report.

Key Findings: Overall, 7% of municipalities in New England are in full compliance.  Of the ADA’s administrative requirements, the self-evaluation and transition plans were the least likely to be completed. A lack of knowledge as to what the ADA requires and lack of personnel were the two main factors for noncompliance with the ADA.

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New England ADA Center Published Research 2006-2011

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.

The Impact of the Great Recession on the Unemployment of Americans with Disabilities

The impact of the great Recession upon the unemployement of American with disabilities


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.


From Paternalism to Self-Advocacy: President Obama’s Community College Strategy and Students with Disabilities

From paternalism to self-Advocacy


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.


From Paternalism to Self Advocacy (Word)

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.