Individual Characteristics RRTC


    Understanding Who Fares Well and How

    This project investigated the role of individual characteristics on income, employment, and the use of public benefits programs in order to build an evidence base to improve strategies and interventions addressing the need for better employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The three research phases addressed gaps in the existing knowledge base, and dissemination activities involved a series of outreach projects designed to reach and engage key audiences.


    • Vocational Rehabilitation Literature and Social Science Literature
    • Effect of Health Conditions
    • Effect of Personal Characteristics
    • Effect of the Local/State Environment
    • Cross-National Comparisons
    • Variation among SSA Beneficiaries
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    • Design and Implement National Survey on Disability Employment (NDSE)
    • NSDE Analysis and Summaries
    • Policy Forums
    • CSAVR/RSA/NCRE Training
    • State-of-the-Science Conference
    • Digital Chalk Online Trainings
    • Source Guide for Disability Employment Research
    • Information and Referral, Statistical/Data Consultation, and Technical Consultation


    • Center for Essential Management Services
    • Cornell University 
    • Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Mathematica
    • Kessler Foundation

    This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research under grant H133B100011, from 2010 - 2015. 

    Resource Year Topic
    Sevak, P., Houtenville, A., & Bruker, D., (2015). Individual characteristics and the disability employment gap. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 26(2), 80-88.
    DOI: 10.1177/1044207315585823
    2015 Employment