We have not found one study that demonstrates the ADA has significantly improved the employment of people with disabilities.
Recent studies show that the ADA is not working, because employers have fears about hiring people with disabilities. These include:
A recent article published in Law & Policy by Michelle Maroto and David Pettinicchio takes a macrocosmic look at the effects of the ADA on employment of people with disabilities since its inception. They discovered the following statistics:
“When Senators Weicker and Larkin first introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1988, only 30 percent of people with disabilities in the United States were employed . . . In 2008, employment was at 23 percent. By 2012, twenty years after the ADA took effect, just 18 percent of working age people with disabilities were employed, compared to 64 percent of people without disabilities.”