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Nationwide Poll of People with Disabilities, Family Members, Close Friends, Professionals, and Volunteers in the Disability Community

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

Special Thank You To:
AAPD Madeliene Will Andrew Imparato Marriott Foundation Bridges from School to ASAN Work ASPE Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation Autism Society of America NACDD- National Association of Councils on Becky Oggle Developmental Disabilities Best Buddies National Federation of the Blind CCD NCIL, National Council on Independent Living Delaware Leadership Group- Steve Eidelman NDLA JE and ZB Butler Family Foundation Neil Romano Jonathan Horowitz NOD Kessler Foundation Rev. William Gaventa Kevin Webb Ruderman Family Foundation Linda Burger Ruthie Rotenberg Lisa Derx Scott Badesch Stan Goldman USBLN
Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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And to Our Board of Directors and Board of Advisors
Board of Directors Donn Weinberg, Chairman Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder and President Doc Sweitzer Shelley Cohen Louis Zweig Board of Advisors Kelly Buckland Steven Eidelman Donna Meltzer Steven Tingus Mark Johnson
Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities 3

This poll follows three focus groups conducted by RespectAbility: 1. Capitol Hill Legislative Directors and Senior Policy Staff/Think Tank Senior Professionals 2. People with Disabilities Seeking Employment 3. Family and Professionals Working With People With Disabilities

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Who We Polled
• Survey fielded online November 6 - December 2, 2013 • Survey was shared via email lists of RespectAbility and numerous other organizations in the disability community and on social media • 3839 Respondents of which 1969 are people with disabilities. Unweighted data. *Note- This sample includes the activist PwD community and reflects more women, Democrats, Caucasians,
and a more highly educated audience than one might expect within the disability community. Phone survey options and assistance were made available to respondents although due to the nature of the online survey instrument the sample likely underreports people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities among others.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Key Findings for Discussion
• Disability community sites employer perceptions that “someone with a disability will not be as successful as someone without a disability” and health as primary barriers to jobs • 3 out of 4 people with disabilities surveyed value a job and independence over government benefits, no partisan split on this

• Disability community names top ways to impact work environment as change in employer attitudes, employer training, and change in structure of benefits system
• Younger PwDs More Confident • Less than half of PwDs looking for work have access to quality training programs, career counseling, and professional resources (e.g., job coach) needed to help with a job search.
Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities 6

Key Findings for Discussion
• Perceptions are key in a number of ways: – Only 28% think society expects PwDs to work, – Key barriers to work are employer perceptions of PwDs and the legal environment. – Of the 1969 people who responded that they “have a disability,” 1 out of 5 do not consider themselves “disabled.”
• Complicated work/benefit relationship is evident. – Despite differences, a majority of F/F/P/V and nearly 3 out of 4 PwDs say it is more important to have a job and be independent than a safety net of benefits. – However, potential loss of benefits is a major barrier to entering the workforce for F/F/P/V.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Key Findings for Discussion (con’t.)
• Having a job is very important to happiness and a “sense of accomplishment” and “the kind of work” are the most important factors in a job • Reality check that there are real issues preventing some people from working that are difficult for employers to navigate • There are real differences between how PwDs see themselves and how family, friends, professionals and volunteers view them and their abilities. – Two-thirds of PwDs think their disability is a challenge that makes them more capable vs. more than half of F/F/P/V who think it is a barrier.
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Key Findings for Discussion (con’t.)
• Overwhelming majority feel paying under the minimum wage is never appropriate, small minority think it is. • Widespread lack of trust in government and schools to do the right thing to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
–Large majorities more likely to vote for a candidate for public office if they have a written policy statement on their website on specifically what they will do to improve opportunities for people with disabilities or if they have a strong record on improving opportunities for people with disabilities. –With unweighted sample, plurality of PwDs and F/F/P/V (51%) consider themselves Democrats, 26% Independent, 16% Republican, 8% DK.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Key Findings for Discussion (con’t.)
Young people with disabilities are distinctly different than earlier generations. This is the post ADA and IDEA generation.
• They got to go to public schools in a “least restricted environment” and they can get around with curb cuts etc. • They are WAY braver than older PwDs — more interested in being involved in advocacy, more opposed to sheltered workshops and/or sub minimum wage. • They were largely born as a PwD, are still living at home with their parents, and are less comfy with idea of affirmative action, though they think something must be done to enable employment.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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EMPLOYMENT

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Nearly Three-Quarters of PwDs Want Jobs and Independence Over Benefits
Which is more important to you?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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No Partisan Split: Dems and Reps Want Jobs
Which is more important to you?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Same Holds True With F/F/P/V
Which is more important to you?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Slightly Less as PwDs Age
Which is more important to you?

18-29
That I have a job and am independent That there is a government safety net of benefits so that I will be taken care of I really don’t know 77% 12%

30-49
76% 13%

50-64
66% 21%

65+
68% 22%

11%

11%

13%

10%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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More Than 3/4 of PwD Say Job is Important to Happiness
How important is having a job to you/your friend/family member’s happiness?

Extremely Important Somewhat Important Neutral Not Very Important Not Important At All

PwD 58% 27% 10% 2% 3%

F/F/P/V 55% 22% 14% 3% 6%

No partisan split for PwDs-- more than 84% of Democrats, Independents and Republicans say having a job is important to their happiness.
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Less Than 1/3 of Disability Community Thinks There is an Expectation That They Should Work
Do you think society expects people with disabilities to work?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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What one word or phrase sums up the biggest obstacle to people with disabilities finding and succeeding in a job?
(answer included, but not limited to)

Word Clouds are generated from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Appreciation and Income are Top Reasons to Stay in Job
PwD 30% 26% 6% 3% 2% 33% F/F/P/V 37% 30% 3% 3% 8% 19%
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MY WORK IS APPRECIATED HERE I NEED THE INCOME AND AM WORRIED THAT IF I LEFT I WOULD HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FINDING A NEW OR BETTER JOB I DON’T WANT TO LOSE MY HEALTH CARE BENEFITS I HAVE THE ABILITY HERE TO BE PROMOTED I DON’T LIKE CHANGE OTHER

What is the most important reason you/they stay in your current job?
Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

Nearly 2/3 of PwDs Who are Not Employed Full-Time Are Looking for More Work
Are you interested in finding work or working more hours? (PwD- not FT)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Accomplishment and Type of Work are Most Important Factors of Job

What is the most important factor for you in a job?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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F/F/P/V Choose Accomplishment and Supportive Managers & Co-Workers

What do you think is the most important factor for your friend/family member in a job?

21%
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Health and Issues of Perception are Seen as Greatest Barriers to Employment

18% 15% 14% 13% 10% 2%

1%
14%

Which is or was the greatest barrier to you finding a job with competitive wages?(PwD)
41%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Which is or was the greatest barrier to you finding a job with competitive wages?
(PwD- Education Level HS or Some College/Assoc)
1ST
HEALTH OR MEDICAL ISSUES Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree

2ND
13% 11% 19%

COMB
29% 33% 38%

16% 22% 19%

EMPLOYERS THINK I WILL BE LESS SUCCESSFUL THAT SOMEONE WITHOUT A DISABILITY
Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree IF I WORK TOO MUCH I WILL LOSE GOVERNMENT BENEFITS THAT I NEED Some/All High School

14%
7% 11% 9%

13%
14% 11% 9%

27%
21% 22% 18%

14% 12%
7% 10% 6%

11% 12%
11% 16% 11%

25% 24%
18% 26% 17%
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Some College/Associates Degree
TRANSPORTATION ISSUES Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

Which is or was the greatest barrier to you finding a job with competitive wages?
(PwD- Education Level HS or Some College/Assoc)
1ST
EMPLOYERS ARE AFRAID OF LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (PwD TOTAL) Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TRAINING OR EDUCATION Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree I AM OVERQUALIFIED FOR MOST JOBS I AM OFFERED Some/All High School

2ND
10% 7% 6% 7% 15% 10% 8%

COMB
15% 12% 12% 14% 27% 23% 13%

5% 5% 6% 7% 12% 13% 5%

1% 2%
5% 4% 5%

3% 4%
5% 7% 4%

4% 6%
10% 11% 9%
25

Some College/Associates Degree
I DON’T INTERVIEW WELL DUE TO MY DISABILITY Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

Which is or was the greatest barrier to you finding a job with competitive wages?
(PwD- Education Level HS or Some College/Assoc)
1ST
I DON’T REALLY WANT TO WORK Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree MY FAMILY DOESN’T WANT ME TO WORK
Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree OTHER Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree NOT APPLICABLE Some/All High School Some College/Associates Degree

2ND 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
7% 6% 6% 16% 11% 14%

COMB 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 1%
14% 12% 12% 41% 28% 34%
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1% 2% 1% 1% 7% 6% 6% 25% 17% 20%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

Other- Highlights
Greatest Barrier

• • • • • • • • • •

I never been offered work stuck in workshop Finding a job that is a good match for my health needs Lack of experience I never really knew why business's wouldn't hire me, so I started my business. Scared that I will be overwhelmed in the type of job I want Need somewhat flexible schedule due to disability Stressors trigger symptoms and I need breaks. employers don't want to spend money to provide for captioning services (CART) I am discouraged by employer attitudes of PwD Being fast. There is a overwhelming demand by most employers to be super fast and multi-task. A lot of us are just not wired that way and the end result is an overwhelming sense of failure.
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With F/F/P/V Again Perception Plays a Role

21% 19% 15% 14% 4% 3% 2%

8%
6%

Which is or was the greatest barrier to your friend/family member with a disability finding a job with competitive wages?
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Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

Impactful Changes: Attitudes, Training, and Benefit Policy
What do you think would make the most impact in helping people with disabilities to find a job? CHANGE IN ATTITUDES SO THAT EMPLOYERS SEE THE POSITIVE VALUE OF HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MORE TRAINING FOR EMPLOYERS ON SUCCESSFULLY RECRUITING, HIRING, AND ACCOMMODATING EMPLOYEES
WITH DISABILITIES PwD COMB 40% 37% F/F/P/V COMB 38% 34%

A CHANGE IN DISABILITY BENEFITS SO THAT RECIPIENTS COULD WORK WITHOUT RISKING LOSING THEM ALTOGETHER BETTER SCHOOL BASED TRAINING AND TRANSITION SERVICES TO PREPARE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FOR WORK MORE INTERNSHIP AND EARLY WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR
YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MORE AND BETTER PROGRAMS THAT ASSIST PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES WITH FINDING WORK MORE GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES AND LAWS FOR COMPANIES TO HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

41%
20% 20% 23% 21%

30%
29% 26% 25% 19%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Messaging on Employment for PwDs Differs Based on Party Affiliation Although Top Message Works for AllBegs Additional Research of Employers
1ST People with disabilities bring unique characteristics and talents to workplaces that benefit employers and staff. Stephen Hawking is a genius who happens to use a wheelchair. People with disabilities can bag groceries, tend our parks and schools, and be super talents in developing computer software. 37% COMB 66% DEM 1st 37% REP 1st 33% IND 1st 36%

Our nation was founded on the principles of "All Men Are Created Equal.” Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream” speech, we still need to reach our civil rights goal. People with disabilities deserve to be able to work to achieve the American dream just like anyone else.
We cannot afford to have more than 10 million Americans sit at home collecting benefits when they can help make America stronger. Keeping a disability unemployment compensation system that costs taxpayers $350 billion a year is financially unsustainable. Every American who can work should be encouraged and supported to do so. Companies like Walgreens, Bank of America and others have shown that employees with disabilities add to their company's profitability. They are very qualified and help them make more money. If we find the right jobs for the right people it can and does increase the bottom line of companies. Companies that have diverse employees, including people with disabilities, are more likely to get government contracts. New
regulations mean that companies who hire people with disabilities will be favored in government contracts. This will help them make more money.

23%

46%

25%

17%

23%

21%

37%

19%

28%

24%

17%

40%

17%

16%

19%

3%

9%

3%

3%

2%

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Overall PwDS feel they know what job they are best at
Do you think you are qualified and ready for the job you want?(PwD) Do you think your friend/family member with a disability is qualified and ready for the job they want? (F/F/P/V)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Younger and Less Educated PwD’s Are Less Sure
18-29 30-49 50-64 65+ Some Some /All College/ HS Assoc Bach Degree Grad Degree

Yes

60% 72% 77% 82% 53%

63%

75%

88%

No
I Don’t Know

20% 15% 11% 11% 23%
20% 13% 12% 7% 23%

22%
16%

12%
13%

5%
7%

Do you think you are qualified and ready for the job you want?(PwD)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Unemployed and PT Workers are Even Less Sure
Do you think you are qualified and ready for the job you want?(PwD)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Significant Percentage of Those Looking for Work, Don’t Have Access to Quality Training
Do you/they have access to quality training programs, career counseling, and professional resources(e.g., job coach) needed to help with a job search?

Not Applicable

30% 0 10% 17% 22% 37% 37% 47% F/F/P/V PWD

I Don't Know

No

Yes

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Unemployed PwDs Have Even Less Access Than Part-Time
Do you have access to quality training programs, career counseling, and professional resources(e.g., job coach)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Disability Community is Unsure That Employers Will Hire PwDs
How confident are you that there are employers out there who will hire your friend/family member with a disability?

Extremely Confident Somewhat Confident Neutral Somewhat Unconfident Extremely Unconfident Not Applicable

11% 29% 14% 21% 13% 13%
36

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

BEFORE PwD 1-3 4-7 8-10 28% 21% 51%

BEFORE F/F/P/V 17% 38% 25%

AFTER PwD 17% 20% 56%

I’VE NEVER BEEN HIRED

-

-

6%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Younger Generation Particularly Interested in Advocacy
Do you want to be a part of an organized group or movement to enable Americans with disabilities or other individuals with chronic conditions to achieve the American dream – a real job at a real wage?

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SHELTERED WORKSHOPS AND QUOTAS

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Which best describes where you work? (PwD)
INTEGRATED WORKPLACE WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES SELF-EMPLOYED WORKPLACE SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 72%

16% 11%

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Which best describes where they work? (F/F/P/V)
INTEGRATED WORKPLACE WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES SELF-EMPLOYED WORKPLACE SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 77%

8% 15%

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In which type of work environment would you be most comfortable? (PwD)
AN INTEGRATED WORKPLACE WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES A SHELTERED SEGREGATED WORKPLACE WHERE NEARLY THE ENTIRE TEAM HAS A DISABILITY I PREFER TO WORK ALONE I AM NOT SURE BUT THERE SHOULD BE CHOICES AVAILABLE FOR ALL 71%

1%
8% 19%

I DON’T KNOW

1%

NOT A SINGLE RESPONDENT AGE 18-29 CHOSE A SHELTERED SEGREGATED WORKPLACE

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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82% Would Not Work for Sub-Minimum Wage

NO EMPLOYEE SHOULD BE PAID WAGES LESS THAN THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE I WOULD NOT WORK FOR AN EMPLOYER FOR WAGES LESS THAN THE FEDERAL MINIMUM, BUT IT MAY BE APPROPRIATE FOR OTHERS WITH DISABILITIES TO BE PAID LESS THAN THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE I WOULD WORK FOR AN EMPLOYER FOR WAGES LESS THAN THE FEDERAL MINIMUM

82% 12%

2%

I DON’T KNOW

4%

Understanding that in some cases it is legal for companies to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage, which statement comes closest to your view on the use of this practice? (PwDs)
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Nearly ¾ of F/F/P/V Feel the Same
EMPLOYMENT AT A WAGE BELOW THE FEDERAL MINIMUM IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ANYONE EMPLOYMENT AT A WAGE BELOW THE FEDERAL MINIMUM IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE PERSON WITH A DISABILITY IN MY LIFE, BUT MAY BE APPROPRIATE FOR OTHER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES EMPLOYMENT AT A WAGE BELOW THE FEDERAL MINIMUM IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PERSON WITH A DISABILITY IN MY LIFE I DON’T KNOW 73% 12%

10%

5%

Understanding that in some cases it is legal for companies to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage, which statement comes closest to your view on the use of this practice? F/F/P/V
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Plurality in Favor of Quotas– Others Unsure
Below are statements about how federal government contracts are available to companies that aspire to hire a certain percentage of people with disabilities. Which statement comes closest to your own view even if none are exactly right?

ENSURING THAT COMPANIES THAT DO BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT HIRE AT LEAST A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO MAKING THE WORKPLACE MORE OPEN AND INCLUSIVE I DON’T LIKE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OR QUOTAS, BUT SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO ENABLE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES TO GET JOBS. WE NEED TO TRY SOMETHING TO GET PROGRESS MOVING COMPANIES THAT DO BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, BUT THEY SHOULD NOT BE PUSHED TO HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES EITHER. ULTIMATELY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND QUOTAS UNDERMINE THE PERCEIVED VALUE OF THE PEOPLE HIRED THROUGH SUCH A PROCESS I DON’T KNOW

45%

27% 22%

5%
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LABELS

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Who We Polled
Please check all that apply I Have a Disability I Have a Close Family Member With a Disability PwD 100% 36% Fam/Friend 45% 82% Work/Volunteer 41% 48%

I Have a Close Friend With a Disability
I Work Professionally on Behalf of People With Disabilities

41%

55%

43%

37%

53%

86%

I am a Volunteer for Disability Causes

29%

35%

39%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Do you consider yourself to be disabled?
Of the 1969 people who responded that they “have a disability,” 1 out of 5 do not consider themselves “disabled.”
19.5% 80.5%

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What word or phrase are you most comfortable using to talk about people with disabilities? (i.e., person with a disability, disabled, handicapped, exceptional, PwD, special needs, etc.)

Of the 3833 that answered this “open-ended” question: 2227 included the word people or person 1737 - Person/People/Individual(s) with Disabilities/PwD/Person First 691 - Disabled 595 – Special Needs 101 – Handicapped 78 – Challenged 47- Differently Abled
*Respondents were able to provide multiple answers, this is not additive. There were many other individual responses that did not have any critical mass.
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PwDs and F/F/P/V Differ on Disability as Barrier or More Capable
While neither statement may be exactly right, which statement is more accurate for you?

CLOSE FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERS (F/F/P/V)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Young PwDs are Even More Confident in Capability

PwDs 18-29

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VOTING, BEHAVIOR, TRUST

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as a …?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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2012 Vote

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Even With High Voting Rates Among PwDs, Nearly 40% of Those Who Didn’t Vote Faced Disability Related Barriers
Did barriers related to your disability including transportation or accessibility prevent you from voting?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Did you help a person with a disability decide who to vote for in the 2012 presidential election?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Nearly 9 out of 10 Want Candidates to Take a Stand
I know the election isn't for a while. However, how much more or less likely would you to be to vote for a candidate for public office if they have a written policy statement on their website on specifically what they will do to improve opportunities for people with disabilities?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Nearly Unanimous Candidate Record Matters
How much more or less likely are you to vote for a candidate for public office if they have a strong record on improving opportunities for people with disabilities?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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7 out of 10 of Disability Community Want to Buy Products and Work at Inclusive Places
Please rank each on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being does not impact your behavior at all and 10 being completely impacts behavior. How much does an employer’s reputation for hiring people with disabilities affect your …

Desire to purchase or recommend their products/services? Desire to work there?

1-3 4-6 12% 18%

7-10 70%

12% 17%

71%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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PwDs give Pres, Congress, Governors Failing Grades
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least and 10 being the most, please rate each of the following in how much you trust them to do the right thing to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities?

1-3
PRESIDENT OBAMA CONGRESS YOUR GOVERNOR CORPORATIONS SCHOOLS

4-6 31% 31% 34% 42% 31%

7-10 36% 11% 22% 17% 34%

34% 58% 44% 41% 25%

YOUR CHURCH OR OTHER PLACE OF WORSHIP
YOUR FAMILY FEDERAL AGENCIES NON PROFIT ADVOCACY ORGS

28%
11% 31% 7%

34%
23% 39% 22%

37%
66% 30% 72%

GOVERNMENT JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAMS LIKE VOCREHAB OR TICKET TO WORK

22%

32%

46%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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Partisan Split on Obama NOT Congress
1-3
PRESIDENT OBAMA Democrats Independents Republicans CONGRESS Democrats Independents

4-6
31% 32% 34% 18% 31% 33% 27%

7-10
36% 53% 26% 7% 11% 13% 11%

34% 16% 40% 76% 58% 56% 62%

Republicans

59%

32%

9%

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Dems Have More Trust in Federal Agencies

1-3
FEDERAL AGENCIES Democrats Independents
23% 34%

4-6
42% 40%

7-10
35% 27%

Republicans

44%

35%

22%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

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PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERS

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What is the primary reason you choose to work on behalf of people with disabilities?
Asked of people who work/volunteer

I like working with people with disabilities I needed a job It is all I am qualified to do The pay is good Other

69% 6% 1% 24%

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Highlights- Other
• • • • • • • • Passion Higher Purpose Civil Rights I Want to Make a Difference To Change Attitudes Fell Into It I Am A Parent of A Disabled Child I Believe in Equality
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Do you think you will still be working in this field of helping people with disabilities in 5 years?

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What is the one thing that would enable you to do your job better?

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ADDITIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Of F/F/P/V Nearly Half Report PwD Lives With Them or Family Who do you currently live with? Does you friend/family member with a disability currently live...?
PwD ALONE WITH YOU WITH A SPOUSE OR PARTNER 30% 43% F/F/P/V 11% 23% 10% PwD 18-29 21% 14%

WITH A PARENT, SIBLING, OR RELATIVE
WITH ROOMATE(S) IN A GROUP HOME IN A BOARD AND/OR CARE FACILITY OTHER NOT APPLICABLE

15%
6% 6% -

23%
5% 8% 2% 3% 15%

39%
21% 5% -

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

69

Is the person with a disability in your life currently employed? (Fam/Friend/Prof/Vol)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

70

Are they interested in finding work or working more hours? (Fam/Friend/Prof/Vol)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

71

Do you currently volunteer on a regular basis?(PwDnot working FT)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

72

Do they volunteer on a regular basis?
(Fam/Friend/Prof/Vol)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

73

What racial or ethnic group best describes you?

WHITE AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR BLACK HISPANIC OR LATINO NATIVE AMERICAN ASIAN OTHER

83% 7% 5% 1% 2% 4%
74

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

What is your marital status?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

75

Region
INDUSTRIAL MIDWEST WEST/MIDWEST SOUTH PACIFIC 18% 23% 22% 12%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

76

While 70% of PwDs Nationwide are Outside the Workforce, Only 28% of Respondents are Outside the Workforce
Are you currently employed? (PwD)

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

77

Do you currently make at least minimum wage for the hours you work?

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

78

Did anyone assist you in completing this survey today?

46 of 1969 PwDs reported being assisted with survey

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

79

Have you had a disability since childhood or did you develop it later in life? PwD SINCE CHILDHOOD SINCE ADOLESCENCE IT DEVELOPED BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18-64 AFTER AGE 65 46% 8% 45% F/F/P/V PwD 1829 73% 82% 5% 12% 20% 6%

-

2%

80

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

AGE

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

81

Education Level
Some/All High School Some College/Assoc Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Degree + PwD 9% 31% 31% 30% F/F/P/V 4% 21% 31% 44%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

82

Personal Annual Income
Under $30,000 $30,000 - 49,000 $50,000-74,999 $75,000 + I Prefer Not to Answer PwD 47% 18% 11% 11% 14% F/F/P/V 16% 24% 20% 20% 20%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

83

What is your gender?
FEMALE MALE TRANSGENDER WOMAN/MTF TRANSGENDER MAN/FTM GENDERQUEER/GENDER NONCONFORMING 73% 26% 1%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

84

What type of government support, if any, do you/friend or family member receive?
PwD Medicaid Medicare SSDI SSI Medicaid Waiver Rental Assistance/ Section 8 Transportation Assistance Snap (Food Stamps) TANF Other None I don’t know 18% 34% 30% 14% 5% 6% 6% 11% 1% 7% 42% F/F/P/V 35% 22% 22% 35% 20% 9% 15% 7% 20% 16%
85

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

What type of disability do you/they have?
PwD Autism/Spectrum Disorder 7% Learning Disability Developmental Disability Cognitive Disability Intellectual Disability Speech or Language Impediment 10% 6% 4% 1% 4% F/F/P/ V 33% 23% 33% 21% 26% 22% Hearing Loss Deafness Visual Impairment Deaf - Blindness Traumatic Brain Injury PwD F/F/P/V Orthopedic Impairment 21% 9% 3% 18% 1% 5% 11% 7% 4% 12% 3% 7%

Mental Health
Multiple Disabilities Other Health Impairment

19%
17% 10%

20%
20% 12%

Neuromuscular Disability
Imuno-Deficiency Disorder Other Physical Disability

10%
5% 22%

10%
3% 15%

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

86

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi - CEO & President
Mizrahi is the President of RespectAbilityUSA.org, a non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to empowering people with disabilities (PwDs) to achieve the American dream. A seasoned political & strategic communications consultant, during the Clinton Administration she was an official spokesperson of the Democratic party. On 9/11 she became “post-partisan” and then spent a decade working on issues of terrorism and peace. Now she is a full time advocate for people with disabilities (PwDs) and has met with 16 governors 1-1 to work on issues of employment for PwDs. Mizrahi is dyslexic and could not really read or write until she was 12 years of age. She is also a proud parent who knows what it means to raise a child with multiple disabilities.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

87

Meagan Buren - Vice President of Research and Communications
Buren is a public opinion research expert with a strong background in focus groups, dials tests, polling, media relations and in leading communications and training programs. Previously she served as senior project director for Luntz Global, a leader in corporate, political and nonprofit message creation and image management worldwide. Prior to that, Buren worked with Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at The Israel Project (TIP). The two worked side by side for eight years. At TIP, Buren managed focus groups, polling, dial testing, grassroots and educational training, and media outreach in the U.S., Europe, Russia and the Arab world. Buren holds a master’s degree in communications, culture and technology from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

88

For More Information Contact RespectAbilityUSA.org
While RespectAbilityUSA is awaiting a final separate IRS approval we are operating as a project of the Autism Society of America. Make checks to RespectAbilityUSA at:

RespectAbilityUSA, a Project of the Autism Society 4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350 Bethesda, MD 20814 www.RespectAbilityUSA.org Cell: (202) 365 – 0787 JenniferM@RespectAbilityUSA.org

Survey Fielded November 6 – December 2, 2013 3839 Respondents, 1969 People with Disabilities

89