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Project Number: p04-12h

Learning from Others: Temporary and Partial Disability Benefits

Principal Investigator: Monroe Berkowitz

Project Type: High Priority

Project Year: 04

Thematic Category: Economic Aspects of Disability

Project Summary:

The researchers will study how selected foreign countries process and determine benefits to persons with disabilities. The list of suggested countries to examine includes Australia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The study will enable the researchers to learn more about how a system of temporary benefits as well as a system of partial disability benefits might work in the United States. The study will examine, critically and analytically, the experiences of selected countries that have had experience with partial and/or temporary benefits, including associated allowances for work-related needs in transportation, assistive technology, and personal assistance. The project will be conducted in cooperation with Rehabilitation International, an organization of more than 120 national organizations in the field of rehabilitation that operates in over 80 different countries. One or more representatives from each of the countries in the study will be responsible for collection of basic data concerning the country's programs following a template developed by the researchers.

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