The New England ADA Center is conducting research to identify barriers to implementing the ADA in municipalities across New England. In the first part of the study, we use data from the US Census Bureau and other sources to tell stories about aging, disability and the ADA. These stories will inform local officials about the state of disability in their jurisdictions. It will also provide a basis for the second part of the study.
The second part of the study will identify barriers to implementing the ADA by surveying cities and towns. The results of the survey will be used to design an intervention to assist cities and towns in matching their responsibilities under ADA with the needs of their residents. Afterwards, we will re-survey to determine the effectiveness of the intervention.
Preliminary demographic research results are below and integrated into a media campaign designed to reach older people with disabilities.
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.