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The Yang-Tan Institute's research team is a multi-disciplinary group with backgrounds in rehabilitation psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, labor economics, public finance, sociology, and applied statistics. We apply our collective expertise to employment and disability topics to inform members of the disability community, policy makers, advocates, and other stakeholders. Our research emphasizes sound theory, collaboration with stakeholders, and the usefulness of research results.

"If one hand is in a bucket of ice, and the other is over a candle - on average you'd be comfortable. Right?"

Old statistics joke about an average with a large standard deviation

Disability and Employment Research

The Yang-Tan Institute conducts research on issues related to disability and employment, including documenting long-term employment trends among the population with disabilities, examining the underlying factors that contribute to these trends, investigating best practices of employers, and assessing the influence of public policy.

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Disability Statistics Research

The Yang-Tan Institute analyzes, provides technical assistance, and disseminates disability statistics derived from nationally representative surveys and the administrative records of federal disability programs. Using such data allows us to bring together both research and outreach activities.

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Program Research Support

The Yang-Tan Institute provides program research support, conducts surveys, and performs program evaluation for state and federal agencies.

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Disability and Youth Research

The Yang-Tan Institute examines how youth with disabilities fare compared to youth without disabilities in educational opportunities, transition to post-secondary education, and employment.

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  • Monitoring Students with Disabilities Using National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data
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