Spotlight on Disability Newsletter

August 2008 |Vol. 1, No. 1


Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Past, Present and Future

By Peter Blanck, PhD, JD

In the past forty years, law, policy, and public attitudes affecting persons with disabilities have changed dramatically. Historically, disability was seen as a defect that prevented someone from participating in “normal” life activities.

The Role of Psychologists in Employment and Disability Public Policy

Fifteen years after the implementation of the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ( ADA), significant employment disparities for people with disabilities remain.

Demand-Side Employment Placement Models for Persons with Disabilities

By Fong Chan, PhD

Full inclusion of people with disabilities in society including employment is a goal endorsed by many rehabilitation and healthcare professionals including members of the American Psychological Association.

One on One

Disability within the APA

  • Barriers to Students Project
    Students with disabilities have increased in numbers within institutions of higher learning since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, but still face unique issues and barriers, including a lack of understanding and cooperation from administrators, faculty, staff, and other students; inaccessibility of buildings, facilities, and grounds; refusal and resistance to reasonable accommodation requests; and a surplus of skepticism.
  • Legislative Round Up: Legislative Activities Affecting Employment of Persons with Disabilities
    Mental health conditions are the leading causes of disability worldwide, accounting for nearly 25 percent of all disability across industrialized countries.
    By Day Al-Mohamed, JD
  • Announcements
    APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1, 2009.