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Tips for Finding & Exploring Educational/Policy/Advocacy sites
- Whether the group is an educational/policy group, advocacy organization, or professional association, be sure to read the section of its web site that describes the mission and goals of the group. This is usually an "About us," link.
- Most educational/think tank/policy sites will have an "Issues" our "Topics" link-be sure to check this out.
- To find advocacy groups, think about trade or professional associations that may be invested in health care.
- Once you find an advocacy organization, look for links on its
website to "news alerts,", "legislation or legislative action,"
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.”
National Council On Disability: Employment Publications
A Presidentially-appointed council, the NCD is an advisory board with the the Department of Education. This sub-site contains its freely available publications on disability and employment.
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.