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CAP Issues Report on Workers with Disabilities

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CAP Issues Report on Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015
On January 28, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report titled, "A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities." The report examines the connection between disability and economic insecurity, and highlights challenges that people with disabilities face that make it more difficult to rise out of poverty. 
 
Some of the barriers to employment and economic security the report highlights include the added costs of living with a disability, lack of accessible and affordable transportation, lack of accessible and affordable housing, difficulty accessing needed supports and services, lack of access to paid leave and sick days, inadequate early intervention support, and savings and ownership penalties.
 
The report goes on to make policy recommendations that address these challenges, including raising the minimum wage, strengthening the earned income tax credit, expanding Medicaid eligibility, ensuring paid leave and sick days, improving access to long term supports and services, creating a new disabled worker tax credit, allocating additional funding for vocational rehabilitation services, strengthening transportation resources, and increasing affordable housing stock. 
 
More information and a summary of the report is available here.