University of Montana Rural Institute
In the U.S. labor force, the unemployment rate is more than twice as high for people with disabilities (17.9%) than it is for people without disabilities (7.7%; U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). In actuality, this disparity is much higher because many people with disabilities have stopped actively seeking employment. Although unemployment rates are influenced by many intersecting factors, premature exit from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services likely contributes to the stubbornly high unemployment rates for people with disabilities.
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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
This research was supported by a grant H133B080023 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education.
Goe, R. & Ipsen, C (March, 2015). Exploring exit from the Vocational Rehabilitation System. Missoula: University of Montana Rural Institute on Inclusive Communities.