Young people with disabilities, particularly those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), face unique challenges as they transition into adulthood. Even with targeted support services, they often fall behind their peers in their educational and economic attainment as adults.
Employment and Income Support
Employment issues are the focus of policy research on working-age adults with disabilities but are intertwined with health care, accommodation, parenting, and other issues. Our work in this area includes studies on the use of state vocational rehabilitation services, of the evaluation of the Ticket to Work program, a study of state Medicaid Buy-in programs, design of a payroll tax incentive that would encourage employers to hire and retain people with disabilities who are current or past participants in DI, SSI, or veterans’ compensation programs, and a study to help state welfare programs deal with challenges created by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Evaluation of Initiatives to Improve Adult Outcomes and Employment Opportunities for Young Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Evaluation of the Pathways to Careers Program
The SourceAmerica® Pathways to Careers™ program helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or a primary diagnosis of autism obtain competitive integrated employment aligned with their skills, interests, strengths, and abilities. Mathematica is conducting an evaluation of Pathways.
Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project Demonstration
Mathematica is helping to develop a demonstration focused on improving the employment outcomes of state vocational rehabilitation clients who receive only SSDI benefits.
Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative—S@W/R2W
The Office of Disability Employment Policy has a strong interest in advancing policies and programs that promote positive stay-at-work/return-to-work (SAW/RTW) outcomes for workers who experience a chronic illness, disability, or medical condition.
Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) Implementation and Evaluation
The Benefit Offset National Demonstration is testing variants of Social Security Disability Insurance program rules governing work and other supports.
Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Mathematica is partnering with the University of New Hampshire’s Employment Policy and Measurement Research and Rehabilitation Training Center (RRTC) on a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study and measure the impact...
Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE)
The Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment, authorized under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, awards funds to states to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions for workers with potentially disabling health conditions.
Accelerated Benefits Demonstration
This demonstration tested the efficacy of providing immediate medical benefits to Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries. Under current law, these beneficiaries must wait 24 months before becoming eligible for Medicare. During this time, a beneficiary's health may deteriorate for a number...