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Social Security Disability Insurance: Participation and Spending

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Spending on Disability Insurance benefits grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 2015 and nearly tripled as a share of GDP.  Even if spending is projected to be more modest in the coming years, under current law, spending would exceed income after 2018 and the Trust Fund would be exhausted in 2022.  This report lays out policy options for Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Library Services for Those with Disabilities

Categories: Disability,Libraries/Museums

Examines the characteristics of users of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and how NLS is incorporating emerging trends in technology into the service.  From the Government Accountability Office


2015 Airline Consumer Complaints Up From Previous Year

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Disability,Headlines,Statistics,Transportation

Agency press release on how 2015 airline passenger complaints were up nearly 30% over the 2014 total. The complaints covered a variety of subjects including flight delays, baggage, reservation, ticketing, refunds, customer service, disability, and discrimination. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

Categories: Disability,Education,Income/Poverty,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Veterans,Women

Tracks women’s historic participation in the U.S. labor force and their earnings. Also covers educational attainment, hours, disability, union membership, and veterans status. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Social Security Policy Options, 2015

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

Analyzes 36 policy options commonly proposed by policymakers for the program that accounts for nearly one-quarter of all federal spending. The options are designed to improve Social Security’s long term finances. From the Congressional Budget Office


Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011-12

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Mental Health,Statistics,Veterans

Presents counts and rates of veterans in state and federal prisons and in local jails. Includes demographic characteristics, military characteristics, disability, mental health status, current offense, sentence, and criminal history. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Chronic Homelessness: Background, Research, and Outcomes

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Disability,Housing/Homelessness,Income/Poverty,Mental Health,Welfare/Social Services

Defines and offers estimates of the extent of the problem, describes characteristics of those who are chronically homeless, and discusses research/actions designed to reduce or end the problem. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Estimated Prevalence of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Following Questionnaire Changes in the 2014 National Health Interview Survey

Categories: Children,Disability,Health/Medical,Statistics

Explains how changing the questionnaire led to a significant increase in estimated prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), from an estimated annualized prevalence of 1.25% based on 2011-13 data to 2.24% on 2014 data. From the National Center for Health Statistics


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