On December 3rd, the 2014 Compendium of Disability Statistics release and the Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting was held at the Washington Center, Blinken Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The sixth annual Compendium release brought together disability stakeholders and researchers (in-person and on-line) to discuss the patterns and trends in statistical data related to disability.
As in previous years, the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) presented information on the purpose, design, and topics covered within the 2014 edition of the Compendium. According to the American Community Survey (ACS), in 2013 an estimated 39.9 million people with disabilities are living in the community. Since 2008, that percentage of people with disabilities gradually increased from 12.1 to 12.7 percent. The employment rate gaps between persons with and without disabilities increased from 38.6 to 40.3 percent from 2008 to 2013. However, the employment gap decreased from its high of 40.9 percent in 2012 to 40.3 percent in 2013, showing minor improvement. According to the Current Population Center (CPC), trends in labor force participation for individuals with disabilities have fallen since 2008 but began to increase again in 2014. Since March 2014, the StatsRRTC has collaborated with Kessler Foundation to release a monthly report National Trends in Disability Employment, the nTIDE report. The nTIDE report, funded in part by grants from NIDRR (H133B130015 & H133B120005) and Kessler Foundation, provides a focused analysis of data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, comparing statistics for working age men and women (ages 16 to 64) with and without disabilities. The report analyzes key indicators that reflect the employment environment for Americans with disabilities including: labor force participation rate, employment-to-population ratio, and percentage of individuals actively looking for employment.
The Compendium release included various presentations. Elaine Katz, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications at the Kessler Foundation presented information and data related to their National Employment Survey (NES) launched the first week of November 2014. The current survey is expected to be completed by early 2015 and, after data analysis, dissemination is expected in June 2015. The data workshop included presentations by Amy Steinweg, Health and Disability Statistics Branch of U.S. Census Bureau, and by Brian S. Armour, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Steinweg’s presentation provided an overview of disability statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2014/2015 from the ACA, CPS, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and the SIPP SSA Supplemental. Armour’s presentation provided an overview of the disability data disseminated by the CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability a part of NCBDDD. The data in Armour’s presentation focuses on data sources related to early hearing detection and intervention; the spina bifida program and patient registry; fragile X online registry, database, and consortium; the muscular dystrophy surveillance tracking and research network; and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and Tourette syndrome.
The final presentation of the Compendium release was from the NIDRR-funded Health and Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities (2010-2014) – Health Care Disparities Among Individuals with Disabilities Project Highlights. The project highlights were separated into four sections with Monica McClain, PhD and Amanda Reichard, PhD providing an overview of their section presentations, as well as, the section presentations of their colleagues Charles Drum, PhD and Kimberly Phillips, respectively.
The 2014 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is available online or may be downloaded for FREE. Technical assistance is available at 866/538-9521, relay 711, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! Download the 2014 Disability Statistics Annual Report. This report is a companion volume to the Compendium, highlighting trends in popular topics.
Transcripts of the 2014 Compendium event are now available at the event website – videos are forthcoming!