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The Future of Disability in America

Editors: Marilyn J Field and Alan M Jette. .

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10472-2


The 1991 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "Disability in America" and the 1997 IOM report "Enabling America" highlighted disability as a topic of public health action and scientific inquiry. The reports also offered recommendations on the prevention of disability and the role of rehabilitation science and engineering.

For this report, which was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institutes of Health, a new IOM committee was charged with reviewing developments since the publication of the earlier IOM reports. As agreed upon with the study's sponsors, the review focused on several topics, including methodological and policy issues related to the definition, measurement, and monitoring of disability; trends in the amount, types, and causes of disability; secondary health conditions and aging with disability; transitions for young people with disabilities from pediatric to adult health care services; assistive technologies and supportive physical environments; coverage of assistive technologies and risk adjustment of payments to health plans; and directions for research.


This study was supported by Contract No. 223-01-2460, Task Order 26, between the National Academy of Sciences and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Contract No. ED- 06-CO-0105 between the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Department of Education; and Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139, Task Order 164, between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

Suggested citation:

Institute of Medicine (IOM). 2007. The Future of Disability in America. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2007, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK11434PMID: 20669428DOI: 10.17226/11898


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