Financial Assistance & Incentives

Findings and recommendations contained in the publications in this section come from analyses of applicable laws, including the Social Security Act, regulations, policy guidance, barriers, promising practices, and a financial incentives model to optimize economic reach for people with disabilities. Publications consider economic rights, federal policy changes to combat work disincentives, asset-accumulation, and strategies for gaining employment and self-sufficiency.


  • Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability (HTML)


  • NCD Letter to House Speaker Boehner Encouraging a House Vote on the ABLE Act (HTML)


  • NCD Letter to Senate Finance Committee in Support of Amendment Language Regarding Supported Employment (HTML)
  • Clearing the Backlog and Facilitating Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (HTML)
  • NCD Statement on the President's FY14 Budget (HTML)
  • Letter to Vice President Biden Regarding Anticipated Taskforce Recommendations (HTML)


  • Letter to the President about Chained CPI (HTML)
  • Letter to SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue on Continuation of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program (HTML) (PDF)


  • Rising Expectations: The Developmental Disabilities Act Revisited (HTML) (PDF)


  • The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective (HTML) (PDF)


  • The State of 21st Century Financial Incentives for Americans with Disabilities (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)
  • Keeping Track: National Disability Status and Program Performance Indicators (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)
  • Inclusive Livable Communities for People with Psychiatric Disabilities (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)
  • Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions (HTML) (PDF) (DOC)
  • The State of 21st Century Financial Incentives for Americans with Disabilities - Appendices (PDF) (DOC)


  • Issues in Creating Livable Communities for People with Disabilities: Proceedings of the Panel (HTML) (PDF)
  • A Perspective from Youth with Disabilities: Benefits in a World of Employment (HTML) (PDF)


  • Issue Brief: The Basics of the National Council on Disability's Social Security Report (HTML) (PDF)
  • Creating Livable Communities (HTML) (PDF)


  • The Social Security Administration's Efforts to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities: New Solutions for Old Problems (HTML) (PDF)
  • NCD Recommendations: Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization (HTML) (PDF)
  • NCD and the Americans with Disabilities Act: 15 Years of Progress (HTML) (PDF)


  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Abridged Version) (HTML) (PDF)
  • Olmstead: Reclaiming Institutionalized Lives (Full-Length On-Line Version) (HTML)
  • TANF and Disability--Importance of Supports for Families with Disabilities in Welfare Reform (HTML) (PDF)
  • Outreach for All Forum Summary Paper (HTML) (DOC)
  • Outreach and People with Disabilities from Diverse Cultures: A Review of the Literature (HTML) (DOC) (PDF)


  • Carrying on the Good Fight: Summary Paper From Think Tank 2000 - Advancing the Civil and Human Rights of People With Disabilities From Diverse Cultures (HTML) (PDF)
  • Closing the Gap: A Ten Point Strategy for the Next Decade of Disability Civil Rights Enforcement (HTML) (PDF)
  • From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves (HTML) (PDF)
  • Think Tank 2000: A Brief Summary As Background Information (HTML) (DOC)


  • National Disability Policy: A Progress Report - February 1986 (HTML)


  • Making Health Care Reform Work for Americans with Disabilities, Summary Information on Five "Town Meetings" on Health Care Reform (HTML)


  • Progress in Advancing the Status of People with Disabilities Around the World: The Work of the United States Delegation to the Thirty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations (HTML)
  • Sharing the Risk and Ensuring Independence: A Disability Perspective on Access to Health Insurance and Health-Related Services (HTML)


  • Toward Independence: An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting Persons with Disabilities - With Legislative Recommendations (HTML)

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