The Arc of the United States and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have recently released Disability Perspectives on Paid Leave: A Qualitative Analysis of Leave-taking Among Workers Affected by Disabilities or Serious Health Conditions. Researchers at NCCP conducted and analyzed in-depth interviews with 90 workers with disabilities and working caregivers in California, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina. This ground-breaking research examines how workers with disabilities and working caregivers of people with disabilities use, need, and benefit from paid family and medical leave. It is one of the only studies to specifically explore whether current paid and unpaid leave policies and programs meet the needs of the disability community. Findings offer key insights on how existing leave policies can become more disability-inclusive, and highlight the need for a comprehensive, national paid leave policy.
To learn more and share among your network please look through the following resources:
- Press release via The Arc and NCCP.
- All materials are posted at http://www.thearc.org/paidleavestudy, including the report in PDF and a one-pager in PDF.
Christian McMahon, Communications Specialist, The Arc of California