Work behavior of older people with disabilities in the era of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Elizabeth Lightfoot, Terry Y. Lum

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Abstract

This paper explores the correlation between the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the employment participation of people with disabilities. First, it discusses the methodological difficulties in measuring the ADA's impacts. Second, it describes a longitudinal study using Health and Retirement Survey data exploring changes in employment rates and odds of employment during the 1990s for older working-age people with disabilities. The findings show that while older people with disabilities had slightly lower employment rates than older people without disabilities during the 1990s, the odds that older people with disabilities would be employed has increased since the passage of the ADA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-191
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2006

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Disabilities
  • Employment

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