Disability Research and Policy: New Evidence and Promising Ideas

Disability Research Center Annual Meeting : October 15-16, 2013
Oct 15, 2013 - Oct 16, 2013
Of the roughly 17.5 million working-age people in the United States living with a disability, nearly 70 percent receive benefits through the Social Security Administration’s disability programs. About 12 percent of all federal spending goes to supporting this population—$357 billion in 2008—and this number continues to increase. But the experience of people within the disability support system is often characterized by fragmented services and poor health and economic outcomes. 

The Disability Research Consortium (DRC), a collaborative effort of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy, and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), is building the evidence base necessary to improve the national disability support system and the lives of people with disabilities, while also reducing the long-term growth in government costs.

View the presentations from the October 15 and 16, 2013 meeting, below. Click on PLAYLIST to pick the session you wish to view.

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Day 1

Transcript Day 1 (PDF)
Day 1 PowerPoint presentation PDF)
Presenter bios
Abstract Session 1
Abstract Session 2 

Day 2

Related Projects
  • Disability Research Consortium

    Mathematica is one of two policy research centers that lead the SSA's Disability Research Consortium. The DRC fosters new research from a team of disability policy experts from Mathematica and three universities.