People with disabilities provide opportunities for business and industry. This report examines the significant and growing economic power of the disability market through the lens of disposable and discretionary income, and provides information to help motivate businesses to enter this market.
30 Dec 2016
First responder fields—including law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency management services—serve a crucial role in the safety and well-being of communities around the country. Public citizens and officials have placed a renewed focus on improving agencies’ relations with their local communities by ensuring that first responders reflect the populations they serve. The potential benefits of increasing diversity and moving toward greater representation could also provide more secure and rewarding employment opportunities to historically underrepresented populations. This exploratory study identifies promising practices that first responder agencies and organizations can leverage to increase the diversity of their workforces.
6 Oct 2015
Millions of working-age adults with disabilities are willing to work but do not have jobs and do not count as unemployed. Labor participation choices and employment experiences of people with disabilities vary substantially by disability type, suggesting a need to account for this diversity in efforts to improve the labor market outcomes for this population.
2 Oct 2015
The federal adult education program serves more than two million eligible adults who lack basic literacy and English language skills. Although numerous studies in K–12 have shown that measurable teacher characteristics can be related to student achievement, no such research exists that examines teacher effectiveness in adult education. To explore whether indicators of teacher quality are associated with student achievement in adult education, this second brief in a series examines the relationships between teacher characteristics and student achievement.
1 Oct 2015
One of the roles of the U.S. adult education system is to increase the number of nontraditional learners who transition to postsecondary education. Unlike transition services for high school graduates, the transformation of adult education programs to include transition services for adults is an emerging area of concern for the field of adult education. This brief examines the relationships between teacher characteristics and student transitioning into postsecondary education and finds that they were often not consistent across students with different educational functioning levels or were not substantively meaningful.
30 Sep 2015
Currently, the only large-scale source of data on adult education teachers and students comes from state data systems designed for federal accountability reporting through the National Reporting System, which requires all states to have a student-level record system for reporting the outcomes, attendance, and characteristics of students who attend federally funded adult education and literacy programs; however, using this data for the purposes of analysis and research is not straightforward. This brief focuses on communicating these common issues with administrative data and provides recommendations that may help states maintain a data system that can be better used for their own analysis and program evaluation as well as for outside research.
15 Dec 2014
For people with disabilities, does attaining educational success equal to that of their non-disabled peers ensure opportunities for financial independence and success? The current research does not describe the income difference between people with disabilities and their non-disabled counterparts in full-time employment by educational level, nor does it describe the subsequent economic impact on individuals, states, or the nation. This study addresses this gap in research.