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International Disability Research

In response to increasing global concern about limited work opportunities for persons with disabilities, EDI has launched several initiatives to address these issues, including cross-national studies of workplace disability nondiscrimination policies and practices, and training programs for service providers and disability leaders.


Promoting the Employability and Employment of Persons with Disabilities Through Effective Legislation

EDI developed a curriculum to enhance the capacity of national governments in developing countries, employers,' workers', and organizations serving individuals with disabilities to collaboratively promote the employability of and the employment prospects for people with disabilities through effective non-discrimination legislation, policy, and programs.

Other Projects

  • EDI developed Disability Policy Solutions (with the Rockefeller Foundation) and a background paper entitled What Works and Looking Ahead: U.S. Policies and Practices Facilitating Return to Work for Social Security Beneficiaries (with York University) for a seminar/workshop called UK/US Pathways to Work in the 21st Century. This workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.K. Department of Education and Employment on Labor.
  • EDI developed an ILO position paper titled "Implications of the Information Technology Revolution for People with Disabilities."
  • EDI conducts comparative research on the practices of American employers in implementing civil rights legislation for people with disabilities (i.e., the Americans with Disabilities Act) with employer practices in other countries. To date, research has been conducted in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • EDI conducts service provider and disability leadership training programs. In collaboration with City University London, EDI has designed and offered a multi-day training program on disability nondiscrimination in the workplace.
  • EDI has examined the extent to which current data collection efforts fit the International Classification of Function (ICF) framework, and the value of the ICF framework to users of disability statistics. For further information, see
  • EDI offers international disability leadership and human rights training for disability advocates and their representatives from around the world on the Cornell University campus. For example, the International Fund for Ireland sponsored a three-week program for disability leaders from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
  • EDI hosts a web site, in Spanish, devoted to accommodations and human resource practices that support disability nondiscrimination in the workplace (
  • EDI serves as the administrative office for the Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training (GLADNET),, an international association that brings together research centers, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organizations of and for persons with disabilities to advance competitive employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.

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