|Dataset Full Name||Current Population Survey - Disability Supplement|
|Dataset Acronym||CPS - Disability Supplement|
The Current Population Survey (CPS) - Disability Supplement was conducted in May 2012 by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It was a supplemental survey to the Current Population Survey (CPS) designed to collect data in specific areas related to the employment of persons with disabilities. Topics include: labor force participation, work history of persons with disabilities, the types of employment barriers faced, workplace accommodations requested and provided. Also collected data regarding participation in, and helpfulness of employment assistance programs and participation in financial assistance programs.
Employment, Barriers to employment, Work limitations, Workplace accommodations, Career assistance programs, Financial assistance programs,
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
|Health Conditions/Disability Measures|
Ambulatory disability, Cognitive disability, Hearing disability, Independent living disability, Self-care disability, Visual disability, Work limitation
|Measures/Outcomes of Interest|
Employment, Occupation, Commuting, Working from home, Unemployment, Work accommodations, Job search process, Discouraged workers, Barriers to employment, Medicare, Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), SSI, SSDI, Worker compensation
Household population ages 15 and older
|Unit of Observation||
All states, some larger counties, metropolitan areas and cities identified
See technical documentation for details:
|Data Collection Mode||
CATI (telephone) survey
|Data Collection Frequency||
|Strengths and Limitations|
Large sample and detailed employment, workplace accommodation and work history questions. Data file includes the May 2012 Basic Monthly CPS data merged with supplement data. Many questions were asked of both persons with and without disabilities allowing for comparisons.
Survey was a proxy response supplement (a single respondent in the household could provide answers for ALL household members).
All CPS supplement datasets:
|Data Access Requirements||
Public Use Dataset
Persons with a disability: barriers to employment, types of assistance, and other labor-related issues (BLS News Release):
|Similar/Related Dataset(s)||Selected papers|
Persons with a disability: barriers to employment, types of assistance, and other labor-related issues:
Current Population Survey, May 2012: Disability Supplement Technical Documentation:
The development of questions on disability for the Current Population Survey (CPS Disability Supplement)
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