At-a-Glance: Poverty affects individuals with disabilities at a much higher rate than individuals without disabilities. Employment is an essential component in escaping poverty. Vocational rehabilitation professionals must be keenly aware of–and willing to challenge–their own unconscious biases that may limit their ability to support people with disabilities pursuing employment.
Put it into Practice
Tips and tools to help you apply best practices at work.
More About the Research
This study focused on high poverty rates experienced by individuals with disabilities. It also emphasized the social, cultural, and financial benefits of employment for these populations. Poverty and disability are intertwined in such a way that one may result in the other. Poverty also affects more than just income: it affects health, education, food, housing, and social/economic isolation.
Access this research by visiting the Project E3 Research Database
Citation: Nye-Lengerman, K., & Nord, D. (2016). Changing the message: Employment as a means out of poverty. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 44 243-247.
Do you have questions or feedback about putting this research into practice? We’re waiting to hear from you!
Join Our Conversation
Have you tried any of these practices? Have you had success working with these populations in your area?