Seven hundred sixty two disabled individuals were interviewed. Of these, 220 were found to be working or to have done so in the past three years. The remaining 542 were unemployed and had been so for at least that long. Employment status was found to be related to a number of demographic and disability related variables: Sex, with whom the subject lived, country of origin, father’s country of origin, and SES. The employed were more likely to be male, to live in an upper middle or upper class neighborhood, to be Israeli born, have European or American born fathers, and to be living with someone else. They were also likely to be more educated, younger, have a lower disability degree, a less serious medical disability, and have more recent disabilities. The other variables studies, including place of residence, family status, year of immigration, number of children, and several specific disability related measures, were not related to employment status. The findings are in keeping with those of previous studies. Their implications for improving employment rates among the disabled are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation