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The Dynamics of Disability

Measuring and Monitoring Disability for Social Security Programs

; Editors: Gooloo S. Wunderlich, Dorothy P. Rice, and Nicole L. Amado.

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-08419-9

The Society Security disability program faces urgent challenges: more people receiving benefits than ever before, the prospect of even more claimants as baby boomers age, changing attitudes culminating in the Americans With Disabilities Act. Disability is now understood as a dynamic process, and Social Security must comprehend that process to plan adequately for the times ahead. The Dynamics of Disability provides expert analysis and recommendations in key areas:

  • Understanding the current social, economic, and physical environmental factors in determining eligibility for disability benefits.
  • Developing and implementing a monitoring system to measure and track trends in work disability.
  • Improving the process for making decisions on disability claims.
  • Building Social Security’s capacity for conducting needed research.

This book provides a wealth of detail on the workings of the Social Security disability program, recent and emerging disability trends, issues and previous experience in researching disability, and more. It will be of primary interest to federal policy makers, the Congress, and researchers—and it will be useful to state disability officials, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and the disability community.

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Support for this project was provided by Contract No. 600-96-27893 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Social Security Administration. Support of the work of the Committee on National Statistics is provided by a consortium of federal agencies through a grant between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation (Grant No. SBR-9709489). The views presented in this report are those of the Committee to Review the Social Security Administration's Disability Decision Process Research and are not necessarily those of the funding agency.

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 2002 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Bookshelf ID: NBK220744PMID: 25057613DOI: 10.17226/10411

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