Did You Know? Disability and Poverty

November 15, 2014

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Persons with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty than persons without disabilities. Three articles published by IOD researchers in 2014 explore the association between disability and poverty. Two articles, co-authored by Debra Brucker and Andrew Houtenville, examine the use of public safety net programs among persons with disabilities at a national level. The third article, co-authored by Debra Brucker and researchers from Fordham University, describes how different measures of poverty can be used to illuminate the high levels of poverty that are found among working-age persons with disabilities in the U.S. All of the studies received funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research.

  1. Houtenville, A.J. & Brucker, D.L. (2014) Participation in safety-net programs and the utilization of employment services among working-age persons with disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 25(2): 91-105. DOI: 10.1177/1044207312474308. http://dps.sagepub.com/content/25/2/91.abstract
  2. Brucker, D.L. & Houtenville, A.J. (2014) Living on the edge: Assessing the economic impacts of potential disability benefit reductions for Social Security disability beneficiaries. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 41: 209-223. DOI: 10.3233/JVR-140714. http://iospress.metapress.com/content/w628425415n8t5v9/?p=2d28cb2c6e2743e88297f9ecb19d5df1&pi=3
  3. Brucker, D.L., Mitra, S., Chaitoo, N., & Mauro, J. (2014). More likely to be poor whatever the measure: Working-age persons with disabilities in the United States. Social Science Quarterly. DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12098. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ssqu.12098/abstract