Unlike the minority groups covered by civil rights laws in the past, the disabled population is a heterogeneous group. Because of differences in the nature and onset of health conditions, it is important to study the labor market experiences of different impairment groups separately, rather than treating 'disabled workers' as a single group. This article uses data from the 1984 and the 1990 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation to analyze trends in the employment and wages of six impairment groups in the years immediately preceding the ADA. The results confirm the diversity of labor market experiences within the disabled population and suggest that policies designed to improve labor market outcomes for workers with disabilities in response to the ADA should be targeted to the different needs of different impairment groups.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Behavioral Sciences and the Law|
|State||Published - Apr 14 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health