Large quantities of survey data and administrative records related to people with disabilities are collected each year. Yet these data lack continuity and are underutilized, leading to missed opportunities to improve the programs and policies that advance the lives of people with disabilities. Policymakers, program administrators, service providers, researchers, advocates for people with disabilities, and people with disabilities and their families need accessible, valid data/statistics to support their decisions related to policy improvements, program administration, service delivery, protection of civil rights, and major life activities.
The Center's goal is to support decision making through a variety of integrated research and outreach activities by (a) improving knowledge about and access to existing data, (b) generating the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection, and (c) strengthening connections between the data from and regarding respondents, researchers, and decision makers. In this way, the Center hopes to support the improvement of service systems that advance the quality of life of people with disabilities. These reports have been created in addition to the Annual Compendium, Supplement, and report to help facilitate these goals.