Disability and employee benefits receipt: evidence from the U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

J Soc Work Disabil Rehabil. 2012;11(1):33-54. doi: 10.1080/1536710X.2012.648115.


Studies indicate positive effects of the U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) in assisting people with disabilities to find independent employment. Underemployment continues to impact access to adequate health care and other benefits. Workers with disabilities receive fewer benefits, overall. With data from the Longitudinal Study of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (LSVRSP), the authors compare the rates of receipt of 6 types of benefits for people with physical, mental, and sensory impairments. Although those with physical disabilities are most likely to receive benefits, all groups lack adequate access to health care, sick leave, and vacation. The authors discuss implications for services provision in the current job market.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Female
  • Health Benefit Plans, Employee / economics
  • Health Benefit Plans, Employee / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders
  • Occupational Health
  • Program Evaluation / economics
  • Program Evaluation / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational / economics*
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational / statistics & numerical data
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Time Factors
  • United States