The following publications are the results of cooperative research efforts between the New England ADA Center and Matthew Brault, Independent Researcher and former US Census Bureau lead analyst on disability.
Data from the American Community Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation Model Estimates allows assessment of the prevalence rates and nature of persons with disabilities in New England by age and race. It is estimated that 28% of the population of New England have disabilities (18+). The range of disabilities is 26.2% in Connecticut to 31.3% in Maine. The largest percentage of adults with disabilities have: upper body limitations, mental disabilities, and use canes, crutches and walkers. The smallest percent have: difficulties hearing, vision difficulties, and use wheelchairs.
In this study we asked in what areas is compliance to the ADA a challenge for municipalities in New England? What factors impede municipalities from implementing the ADA? Our research found that compliance in New England is low with 7.5% of cities and towns in New England in full compliance. Knowledge of what the ADA requires and lack of personnel were the two factors impeding implementation of the ADA. Of the administrative requirements, the least likely to be completed were the self-evaluation and the transition plan. Of the services, programs and activities, the least likely to be completed were accessible websites.
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.
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.