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Employer Disability Non-Discrimination Research

Overview

EDI received a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR) in 1998, to conduct a study on employer policies and practices in response to the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). A similar survey was subsequently used to question the U.S. federal government's HR/EEO professionals and selected federal supervisors about agency responses to employment disability nondiscrimination legislation, and a comparative survey was conducted in Great Britain and Northern Ireland about employer response to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. More recently, our employer research has been extended to focus on the use of information technology in human resource processes, and IT accommodation considerations for people with disabilities.

Research Activities

Private Sector Surveys:

EDI conducted a study on employer policies and practices in response to the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), surveying human resource professionals from the memberships of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH).

Federal Sector Surveys:

EDI conducted a survey for the U.S. federal government, in partnership with the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities (PTFEAD), surveying HR and EEO professionals, and a sample of supervisors, on employment disability nondiscrimination policies and practices under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended).

Information Technology Accessibility and Human Resource Policy and Practices Surveys:

To examine emerging issues presented by the increasing use of information technology in the workplace, Cornell University re-surveyed a group of SHRM members. Special attention was given to barriers presented by IT in human resource processes, and IT accommodation considerations for persons with disabilities.

International Comparative Employer Surveys:

EDI has conducted comparative disability employment nondiscrimination research in the U.K., examining employer response to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Contact Us

Susanne M Bruyere, PhD
201 Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853

Telephone: 607-255-9536
Fax: 607-255-2763
Email: smb23@cornell.edu


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