Publication Date

August 2000


The purpose of this brief is to summarize the wide range of federal programs and government policies that influence the employment and program participation decisions of people with disabilities and current research initiatives related to these programs and policies. The brief is organized by the following types of programs, policies, and initiatives: • federal programs that provide cash assistance, in-kind transfers (e.g., health insurance) and education, training, and rehabilitation support based on disability status and/or other characteristics (e.g., family structure); • federal tax policies that provide credits either directly to individuals with disabilities or to employers as an incentive to hire a person with a disability; • other employment-related programs and public policies that provide accommodation support and work incentives for people with disabilities; • recent policy changes that affect people with disabilities; and • some of the current research initiatives related to federal programs, tax policies, other employment programs and policies, and recent policy changes. We conclude with a summary of our program, policy, and research scan. This publication is based on The Economics of Policies and Programs Affecting the Employment of People with Disabilities, which provides a more comprehensive review of the policies and programs discussed here (as well as others) and analyzes the employment effects of these policies and programs within an economic framework.


Livermore, G.A., Nowak, M.W. & Wittenburg, D.C, (August 2000), Policies and Programs Affecting the Employment of People with Disabilities - Policy Brief, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

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