Cornell University

2008 Disability Status Report

March 17, Online

ILR's Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) will host a webinar to present the findings of the 2008 Disability Status Report. 

The webinar will explore recently released 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) data related to disability and employment, education, poverty, household income and labor earnings.

Date: March 17
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Registration: To register for this free webinar, please go to:

Significant changes were made to the 2008 ACS survey, including a completely new set of disability questions. These important changes will be discussed, along with several new topics, including health insurance coverage and veterans service-connected disability-rating.

Cornell research found that in 2008, 39.5 percent of working-age (21-64) people with disabilities were employed, compared with the 79.9 percent of people without disabilities. Moreover, researchers found that 25.3 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities lived in poverty, compared to 9.6 percent of those without disabilities. 

These dramatic discrepancies are longstanding and continue to separate Americans with disabilities from their peers without disabilities. The relevance of these statistics to the process of developing and maintaining policies that relate to people with disabilities in the United States cannot be overstated.

The Employment and Disability Institute at the Cornell University ILR School has been funded in this effort by the U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) (Grant No. H1338B980038) for a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics.