Long COVID contributes to labor force challenges among the general population as well people with disabilities (Federal Reserve, 2022; Suran, 2023). Symptoms associated with Long COVID may compound existing individual and environmental conditions that reduce work opportunities among people with disabilities. There is very little research regarding the impacts of Long COVID on people with disabilities (Rawlings & Beail, 2023), and how these impacts influence employment outcomes. Research is needed toward the development or development and testing of interventions, supports, or accommodations that allow people with disabilities to manage or address Long COVID symptoms to maintain good health and employment.
The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) establishes a priority for a Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Promoting Positive Employment Outcomes Among People with Disabilities who are Experiencing Long COVID. While Long COVID may itself be a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act and other relevant civil rights laws, this research priority focuses on the experience of people who have pre-existing disabilities and then also experience Long COVID. The DRRP must contribute to maximizing employment outcomes among people with disabilities who are experiencing Long COVID.
For further details on priorities, see p. 6 of the FOA in Attached Files.
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