New England ADA Center Research 2016-2021

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 on Disability in States, Cities and Sub-Groups in New England

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


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. 

Alternative Table on Data on Disability in States, Cities and Sub-Groups in New England



This research study shows that ADA compliance in municipalities is low with 20% of municipalities in compliance with ADA administrative requirements, 14% compliant with accessible services, programs and activities (SPAs), and 5% compliant with both.  Primary reasons for noncompliance were: lack of knowledge as to what the ADA requires, personnel and money..


Try the App - Results from the Identifying Challenges to Implementing the ADA for Cities and Towns in New England App


To facilitate dissemination of our survey results, we developed a web-based tool that allows users to examine survey results about ADA compliance by state, population size, and number of municipal employees. Enjoy our interactive App Identifying Challenges to Implementing the ADA Survey Results



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.