Disability and Rehabilitation
Disability touches all of us. Of the 69.6 million families in the United States, more than 20 million have at least one family member with a disability. One in five people in the American workforce has some form of disability.
But disability is also a factor in poverty and exclusion from the workforce. People with disabilities are nearly twice as likely as people without disabilities to have an annual household income of $15,000 or less. Working-age adults with disabilities comprise more than half of those living in long-term poverty. Transportation, housing, and long-term health care costs often deplete the limited earnings of people with disabilities.
Education and employment are essential to improving the lives and independence of people with disabilities. Policies that support access to transportation, housing, health care, and community living can help address some of the greatest challenges to independence faced by those with disabilities.
People with disabilities who receive a high-quality education and enter the workforce prepared are not only a benefit to themselves, but to their families, employers, and communities. AIR’s diverse portfolio of work on disability issues provides both expertise and resources to help people with disabilities pursue employment opportunities and gain economic security. Our policy recommendations support people with disabilities by helping them live more independently and more connected to their communities.
AIR’s disability and rehabilitation experts include:
- Disability researchers and program evaluators
- In-house survey methodologists
- Interviewers and focus group leaders
- Experts in creative visual design
- Economists to maximize investments
- Professional training developers
- Human-centered design experts
- Disability policy analysts
We provide services in the following areas (learn more about our work in each area here):
- Surveys and data collection
- Workplace supports
- Train service providers to improve impact
- Assistive technology and usability testing
- Economic analysis and disability policy
- Capacity building
- Research and program evaluation
AIR’s diverse portfolio generates knowledge and resources that help people with disabilities find jobs and succeed in them. We also conduct research, provide technical assistance, and recommend policies to support greater access for people with disabilities that lead to independent living and community inclusion. This work includes the intersection of disability with special education, patient-centered health care, college and career readiness for youth with disabilities, criminal justice, and refugee and migrant initiatives.
MSKTC research supports people with traumatic brain injury, burn injury, and spinal cord injury
Kathleen Murphy talks about how employees with cancer can access different interventions and protections
N-CHATT's train-the-trainer model supports communication needs at home, work, school, and in the community