nTIDE Lunch & Learn Season 9 - Episode 2

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Welcome to the National Trends in Disability Employment (or nTIDE) Lunch & Learn series. On the first Friday of every month, corresponding with the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, we will be offering a live broadcast via Zoom Webinar to share the results of the latest nTIDE findings. In addition, we will provide news and updates from the field of Disability Employment, as well as host an invited panelist who will discuss current disability related findings and events.

  • 12:00 pm: Introduction & Welcome
    Megan Henly, University of New Hampshire
  • 12:10 pm: Overview of National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report
    • Release John O’Neill, Kessler Foundation
    • The Numbers Megan Henly, University of New Hampshire
  • 12:15 pm: Announcements from the field of Disability Employment
    Denise Rozell, Director of Policy Innovation, AUCD
  • 12:30 pm: Guest Presenters
    Yonatan Ben-Shalom and Monica Farid, Mathematica
  • 12:45 pm: Open Question & Answer period for attendees

Note. All webinars will be recorded and closed captioned and will be added to our website archives along with full transcripts following the live broadcast. Please note, Megan Henly will be standing in for Andrew Houtenville on the February 2nd nTIDE.


Yonatan Ben-Shalom is a man with short dark hair wearing glasses and a suit, smiling at the camera.

Yonatan Ben-Shalom, PhD, a principal researcher at Mathematica, specializes in policies and programs related to the employment and income of people with disabilities, particularly those who acquire disability in adulthood. Currently, he leads evaluation technical assistance for the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN), a demonstration that tests promising early interventions for improving the labor force participation and retention of people who recently sustained injuries and disabilities. From 2013 to 2016, he directed the U.S. Department of Labor’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative, which was instrumental in the development of RETAIN. Ben-Shalom has also served as principal investigator for numerous studies funded under the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers.

Monica Farid is a woman with dark curly hair and black jacket, smiling a the camera.

Monica Farid, PhD, a researcher at Mathematica, conducts research and evaluation focused on the economic well-being of people with disabilities, primary care and care delivery transformation, and policies affecting the Medicaid and Medicare population. She has expertise in quasi-experimental study design and impact evaluation. Currently, she is part of the impact evaluation team for the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN), a demonstration that tests promising early interventions for improving the labor force participation and retention of people who recently sustained injuries and disabilities.

Her prior work includes leading the implementation of the benefit-cost analyses of the Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income demonstration, which aimed to promote positive education and employment outcomes among youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income. She also provides technical assistance to support and strengthen states’ evaluations of their Medicaid Section 1115 demonstrations. She has contributed to the evaluations of the Medicare Independence at Home demonstration funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration funded by the Social Security Administration.

Megan Henly is a woman with shoulder length styled brown hair wearing a white blouse and grey blazer

Megan Henly, PhD, is a Research Professor at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. She is a Principal Investigator and key team member on several projects related to disability and health, employment, and inclusion. Megan has worked in survey production and analysis since 2000, including in academia, government, and the non-profit sectors. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.S. in survey methodology. At the Institute on Disability, her work examines how people with disabilities are doing with respect to employment, health, community participation, and overall well-being.

John O'Neill is a man with short gray hair and round glasses, wearing a suit and tie.

John O'Neill, PhD is the director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation and has over 28 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation as a rehabilitation counselor educator, disability employment researcher, and advisor to state vocational rehabilitation agencies. Dr. O’Neill has been a PI or co-PI on six NIDILRR funded, five-year research and training centers focusing on TBI and community integration, disability statistics, disability employment service system, and how individual and contextual factors relate to employment outcomes among people with disabilities.

Denise Rozell is a woman with short reddish blond hair and red glasses

Denise M. Rozell, JD is the Director of Policy Innovation at the AUCD. Prior to joining AUCD, she spent fifteen years as Assistant Vice President for State Government Relations with Easter Seals. Denise was the primary resource to Easter Seals 75 affiliates in building capacity to increase awareness of and support for Easter Seals in state government. Prior to that, Denise was the Executive Director of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, an international membership organization for the professionals serving individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Denise holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a juris doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California in Berkeley.