Senate Committee Releases Report, Recommendations on Disability Employment


US Senate HELP Committee

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions released a report on the current state of employment for adults with disabilities and policy recommendations to increase labor force participation.

The committee found that there is no evidence that employment outcomes for people with disabilities as a whole have improved since 1990. Only 32.1% of working age people with disabilities participated in the labor force as of June 2012, compared with 77.7% of people without disabilities.

Also, the median earnings for workers with disabilities is less than two-thirds the median wages for workers without disabilities: in 2010, $19,500 for workers with disabilities versus $29,997 for workers without disabilities.