Category: Data Brief

Resource Year Topic
Anand, P., & Ben-Shalom, Y., (2017). The promise of better economic outcomes for workers with musculoskeletal conditions
Roosevelt House Faculty Journal, May 4, 2017.
2017 Employment
Mann, D., & Stapleton, D., (2012). A roadmap to a 21st century disability policy.
Despite decades of increases in program participation and spending, the disability support infrastructure in the United States and the economic independence of people with disabilities have eroded. Rather than tighten eligibility or reduce program benefits, this issue brief proposes gradual programmatic reforms and evidence-based structural changes to improve the economic status of Americans with disabilities.
2012 Employment
Mann, D., & Wittenburg, D., (2012).: Back to work: recent SSA employment demonstrations for people with disabilities.
This issue brief summarizes short-term impacts from four large scale- demonstration projects by the Social Security Administration designed to increase the economic self-sufficiency of Supplemental Security Income recipients and Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries.
2012 Employment
Sevak, Purvi; Schimmel Hyde, Jody; Kehn, Matthew (2017). Repealing or replacing the ACA’s provisions: How would adults with disabilities fare? Roosevelt House Faculty Journal.
Roosevelt House Faculty Journal, May 4, 2017
2017 Demographics
Stapleton, D., & Ben-Shalom, Y. & Mann, D., (2019, May). Phased Development of a Modern Gateway for Disability Benefits Mathematica Policy Research Reports; Mathematica Policy Research.
In 2015, we proposed an Employment/Eligibility Service (EES) system that would serve as a new gateway to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The EES would quickly award SSDI to workers who are unable to stay in the labor force long term and provide time-limited cash and return-to-work support to others. The EES offers policymakers an opportunity to move toward a support system that focuses on a person’s ability to work instead of their inability to work. Although simple in concept, this change would take a concerted effort. The good news is that some states are already proceeding in this direction. With federal funding, eight states are developing workforce retention supports for workers experiencing work loss because of injury or illness. EES development can leverage these efforts through a phased approach to testing and scale-up.
2019 Employment
Stapleton, D., & Livermore, G., (2011). Costs, cuts, and consequences: Charting a new course for working-age people with disabilities.
2011 Employment
Stapleton, D., & Mann, D., (2012). A disability policy for the 21st century. The Hill’s Congress Blog, January 19, 2012.
January 19, 2012.
2012 Demographics
Stapleton, D., & Wittenburg, D., (2011). The SSDI trust fund: New solutions to an old problem.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) the main federal program providing cash assistance to workers with disabilities is facing a major fiscal crisis.
2011 Education
Stapleton, D., Ben-Shalom, Y., & Mann, D., (2016). Modernizing the gateway to disability benefits. Published in Mathematica Center for Studying Disability Policy Research InFocus Brief. June 2016.
The report of the McCrery-Pomeroy Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Solutions Initiative emphasizes the importance of near-term investments in early intervention as the most promising way to strengthen the support system for people with disabilities and save taxpayers’ money. Developing an Employment/Eligibility Services (EES) system—in effect modernizing the Disability Determination Services system—is a promising and practical way to proceed. This brief summarizes the key features of an EES system and suggests how such a system can be developed, tested, and deployed.
2016 Demographics