The Arc has cultivated several national partnerships to bring the issue of paid family and medical leave further into the public spotlight and advocate on the federal level.
New Report on Paid Family Leave and the Disability Angle
Disability Perspectives on Paid Leave: A Qualitative Analysis of Leave-taking Among Workers Affected by Disabilities or Serious Health Conditions includes ground-breaking research on 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. Read the full report. This study was conducted in partnership with the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University and was released on February 4, 2019.
The Arc/Georgetown Paid Leave Paper
A first-of-its-kind report by The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality looks at the need for paid leave among workers with disabilities and families that include a person with a disability. The findings highlight the need for a comprehensive, national paid family and medical leave program in the United States.
- Full Report PDF | Word
- Fact Sheet PDF | Word
- Stories on Paid Leave & Disability PDF | Word
- Webinar: Paid Family and Medical Leave: The Disability Angle
- MomsRising Radio, Breaking Through: The Arc talks about the paid leave report with MomsRising Executive Director and CEO, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.
- National Academy of Social Insurance Webinar: Archive of “Designing Inclusive Paid Leave Policy,” a webinar featuring a presentation on our paid leave report.
- The Hill, “From family leave to inclusive paid leave — the importance of the disability lens”: The Arc and Georgetown’s Center on Poverty and Inequality on the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The Arc/University of Minnesota FINDS Paid Leave Briefs
The Arc and the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota released two new data briefs looking at the work experiences and outcomes of families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the need for paid leave policies. One brief focuses on the experiences of parents raising children with IDD, while a second brief focuses on the experiences of family caregivers of adults with IDD. These free resources can be used in research and advocacy efforts.
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