Funding employment inclusion for Ontario youth with disabilities: a theoretical cost-benefit model

Our very own Brendon Pooran co-authored Funding employment inclusion for Ontario youth with disabilities: a theoretical cost-benefit model. The article discusses the importance and positive impact of supporting youth with disabilities to succeed in the workforce.  It was published in Frontiers, an open science platform and online research publisher, on April 10, 2024.

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Authors: Laura R. Bowman | Carolyn McDougall | René Doucet | Brendon Pooran | Ying Xu | Jeannette Campbell


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Abstract: Early engagement in employment-related activities is associated with greater lifetime labor force attachment, which correlates with positive health, social, and quality of life outcomes. People with disabilities often require vocational intervention to enter and remain in the workforce and reap the employment-related health and social benefits. Their labor force attachment brings about the added societal-level benefits of increased tax contributions and reduced social assistance funding. Reason and evidence both support the need for early intervention to facilitate young people with disabilities’ workforce entry. Based on available evidence and best practices, and in conjunction with expert input, a cost–benefit model was constructed to provide support for public investment in early employment intervention by demonstrating the societal-level benefits that could be projected. Results indicate the potential benefits for investment in early, targeted employment intervention at a societal level. Two personas were crafted to demonstrate the lifetime societal-level impact of investment in intervention for an individual with disabilities. The results provide relevant arguments for advocates, policy makers, program directors, and people entering adulthood with disabilities to understand the benefits of investing in interventions with the goal of long-term public savings.