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Over Long Haul, ADA Boosted Wages
Of Workers With Disabilities, Study Finds

Dec. 9, 2013, 5:00 AM

The Americans with Disabilities Act has had a positive effect on the weekly wages of people with disabilities over the long term, according to a November 2013 working paper by Mathematica Policy Research, a private social policy research firm based in Princeton, N.J.

The paper, authored by Allison V. Thompkins, uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March Current Population Survey for 1988-2010 to evaluate wage outcomes since the passage of the ADA, and examines pre-ADA state disability legislation and Supreme Court decisions that have altered the ADA’s meaning over time.

While wages increased insignificantly over the short term, ...