National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Research on All Sides of the Equity Equation

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For 2022, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Department of Labor selected Disability: Part of the Equity Equation as the theme. As ODEP Assistant Secretary Taryn Williams noted: “A strong workforce is the sum of many parts, and disability has always been a key part of the equation.” NIDILRR-funded research and development supporting employment of people with disabilities has looked at all sides of the employment equation: current and future workers, employers, self-employed people, and the service providers who bridge the gaps between seekers and hirers. Here’s a look at some of the current projects working in this area, and the resources they’ve created to support workforce equity.

Transition: Supporting Future Workers

NIDILRR-funded research and development activities support emerging workers, such as young people with disabilities transitioning from school to the workforce, heading to college and career readiness, and exploring their roles as peer providers. These include:

Seeking, Finding, and Succeeding: Supporting Job Seekers and Workers with Disabilities

Workers with disabilities may encounter barriers throughout their careers, from the job search process to getting ahead on the job. Research and development supporting workers in their quest for employment success include:

Entrepreneurial Spirit: Supporting Business Owners and Self-Employed People with Disabilities

For some workers with disabilities, employment success looks like working for yourself. Research and development supporting entrepreneurs, business owners, gig workers, and other self-employed individuals with disabilities include:

Inclusive Workplaces: Supporting Employers and Identifying Effective Employer Practices

On the employer side of the equation, NIDILRR-funded research and development looks at what works in the private and federal sectors and what supports may help to build inclusive workplaces, from accessible hiring tools and practices to policies that recognize and promote diverse talents. These include:

Connecting Workers and Employers: Supporting Employment Services

Vocational rehabilitation and other employment services help job seekers with disabilities navigate the path from job search to stable employment. They also help employers connect to qualified candidates and build a diverse workforce. NIDILRR-funded research and development on the employment services side of the equation include:

These are just a few examples of NIDILRR-funded projects underway supporting successful outcomes for job seekers, workers, and self-employed people with disabilities, as well as their employers and the employment services professionals they work with. Explore the full portfolio of current employment-related grantees in the NIDILRR Program Database!

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