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COVID-19 and Employment for People with Disabilities Report Series

May 10, 2021
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures

In collaboration with the State Exchange on Employment & Disability, the National Conference of State Legislatures published a series of reports on "COVID-19 and Employment for People with Disabilities." The information provides insights on economic recovery disparities, teleworking, workplace safety and apprenticeships. They also include resources and state policy options to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities during and following the pandemic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020, the nation was launched into an economic recession leading to millions of job losses. For people with disabilities, the pandemic presents new challenges and new opportunities to securing and maintaining employment. Increased health risks at the workplace may limit employment opportunities for many Americans with medical conditions that make them more susceptible to COVID-19. But a rapid shift to e-commerce and teleworking may make previously-unviable jobs available to people with mobility challenges. As local, state and federal governments shift into economic recovery mode, policymakers may want to consider workforce development strategies that are inclusive of workers with disabilities.

NCSL’s new report series tackles critical ways COVID-19 is impacting people with disabilities. Each report provides policymakers with resources to navigate the various federal actions in response to the pandemic as well as state policy options available to lawmakers to help enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

This report series was created as part of NCSL’s collaboration with the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED). SEED is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that assists states in developing effective and inclusive workforce policies that promote disability employment. Recognizing that every state is unique, SEED offers policy options and resources states can tailor to meet their needs and goals. To this end, SEED partners with leading intermediary organizations that serve as trusted sources of information to state and local policymakers.

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