On November 28th the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) released the 2012 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium in conjunction with the Second Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable in Washington, DC presented by Kessler Foundation in partnership with the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire. Notable speakers in attendance included: Dr. John O’Neil, StatsRRTC, Director at the Kessler Foundation; Mark Perriello, President/CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); Dr. Margaret Campbell, Research Sciences Division, NIDRR; Dr. Andrew Houtenville, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability; data workshop participants from the Census Bureau, National Center on Health Statistics, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Office of Disability and Employment Policy; as well as various others.
What is the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium?
The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a publication as well as a web-based tool of statistics on people with disabilities and related government programs modeled after the Statistical Abstract of the United States. The StatsRRTC annually examines large quantities of survey data and administrative records from various sources related to people with disabilities. These are compiled into a Compendium which serves as reference guide for the government, policymakers, researchers, administrators, advocates, and other relevant stakeholders; and provides accessible, valid statistics to support policy improvements, program administration, service delivery, protection of civil rights, and major life activities.
Dr. Andrew Houtenville, Association Professor at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability provided an overview of the 2012 Compendium. Topics included in this year’s Compendium are:
- Population size
- Prevalence of disability
- Labor force participation
- Earnings from work
- Enrollment in education/education attainment
- Self-reported health status
- Health behaviors
- Health care coverage
- Supplemental Security Income
- Social Security Disability Insurance
- Special Education
- Vocational Rehabilitation
New to this year’s Compendium are statistics detailed by disability type (Section 15) that are based on the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Additionally, new tables with detailed disability type in Section 9 are derived from Social Security Administration reports. StatsRRTC redesigned the Compendium website adding features to make searching, sorting, manipulation of the columns (i.e. show/hide feature), printing to PDF, and easy exporting of data. Dr. Houtenville discussed potential expansion of the Compendium to include the addition of more time trends by data type, additional data sources such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statistics, and non-disability programs that support people with disabilities.
The Compendium release was followed by the Second Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable moderated by Julie Arostegui, Policy Advisor, AAPD, with a research perspective provided by Andrew Houtenville and David Wittenberg of Mathematica Policy Research. An overview of a legislative perspective was provided by Andrew Imparato (Senator Harkin, D-IA), Patrick Murry (Senator Enzi, R-WY), Amy Schultz (Representative Hoyer, D-MD), and Towner French (Representative Sessions, R-TX). Topics of discussion included: the growing gap in employment rates between people with and without disabilities, how people with disabilities were fairing in terms of the economic recovery compared to people without disabilities, the fiscal cliff and the potential insolvency of SSDI, the importance of health outcomes and prevention for people with disabilities, and how to get the under-employed who want to be working into the labor market.
Overall, it was clear that the Compendium serves as a valuable resource to policymakers in government and for advocacy groups such as AAPD in their efforts to improve policy and the lives of people with disabilities.
Download the 2012 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium here!
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