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Disability Research Institute- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Funded from June 2000 to July 2007 as a cooperative agreement between the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Disability Research Institute (DRI) developed a national network of partners producing high-impact research in disability.” Their technical reports produced are gathered on this website, organized by author and by theme.
Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
EPI is a well-known progressive think tank which publishes research and analysis on employment and public policy issues. Many of their publications and articles, plus data and graphs on employment and wage demographics, are available on their web site.
Employment and Disability Institute (Cornell University, ILR School)
“The Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities through our projects, training, technical assistance, research, and publications.”
The National Institute of Disability Management and Research
The National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) is an internationally recognized organization committed to reducing the human, social and economic costs of disability. As an education, training and research organization, NIDMAR's primary focus is the implementation of workplace-based reintegration programs.
Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Its work is carried out by eight projects, which include Pew Hispanic Center (http://pewhispanic.org/) and the Social & Demographic Trends project (http://pewsocialtrends.org/).
The Urban Institute: Disabilities and Employment
“The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.” This section of their website contains their publications regarding disabilities and employment.
These government agencies implement laws and regulations dealing with disabilities, affecting people with disabilities or offer portals to these agencies. We've also listed government organizations that offer statistics on disabilities in the workplace and society.
ADA Home Page (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
Guide to ADA rights, design standards, technical assistance program.
Disability Resources (U.S. Dept. of Labor)
Links to U.S. agences, laws, regulations, statistics, programs, and publications related to disabilities.
National Council on Disability
"NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities."
Office of Disability Employment Policy (US Dept. of Labor)
Part of the US Department of Labor, this office in charge of “developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities.”
Office of Personnel Management: Disability Employment
Part of the US Office of Personnel Management website, this contains information about federal employment policy regarding disability.
U.S. Census Bureau: Disability
Disability data from the U.S. Census Household Surveys.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information
Advocacy Group Web Resources
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
“The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the country's largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially. AAPD was founded in 1995 to help unite the diverse community of people with disabilities, including their family, friends and supporters, and to be a national voice for change in implementing the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”
"Founded in 1905 by Winifred and Edith Holt, the Lighthouse quickly became a pioneer in the field of Vision Rehabilitation. Today it is a leading worldwide resource in helping people overcome the challenges of vision loss."
National Disability Rights Network
“NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.”
“Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.”
What Can You Do? The Campaign For Disability Employment
“The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.”
Directories & Search Engines
U.S. government's official web portal.