Magazine June 25, 2018, Issue

Redefining Disability

Blind people take part in the disability pride parade in New York, July 12, 2015. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
It shouldn’t be an all-or-nothing proposition

An odd thing has been happening since the middle of 2014, according to a recent analysis of Census Bureau data from the economist Ernie Tedeschi. The number of prime-age (25–54) Americans who are out of the work force, and say they do not work because they are disabled, has declined about 7 percent, reversing a trend that had been in place for decades. The disabled have become more likely to rejoin the work force and less likely to leave it to begin with.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) rolls show a similar pattern, peaking in May 2014 — the one

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