Disability, Entrepreneurship, and the Gig Economy Research Summit


Disability, Entrepreneurship, and the Gig Economy Research Summit

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Category: Event

Join researchers from Georgia Tech’s NIDILRR-funded project, “Contingent Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (FIP-CE),” as they present their findings from a multi-year research project. The day includes a keynote, three reaction panels featuring thought leaders in disability employment, and a closing session focused on next steps with staff from NIDILRR. 

This project produces empirical evidence about the participation, practices, and characteristics of people with disabilities engaged in contingent work, as well as their rationales, attitudes, perceptions, and experiences in contingent work arrangements. Millions of American workers, including people with disabilities, have contingent or, alternatively, "non-traditional" work arrangements that differ from standard work arrangements characterized by permanent jobs with traditional employer-employee relationships. Contingent workers include agency-placed and direct-hire temporary employees (temps), contract company workers, independent contractors, on-call workers, and day laborers. The recent emergence of online-based or mobile app-based employment opportunities has further contributed to the redefinition of employment and the labor market.

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This one-day summit will highlight FIP-CE's three major aims:

  1. Qualitative research through narrative interviews to understand non-traditional work practices and experiences,
  2. Development and testing of a rigorous survey, the Contingent Employment Practices Survey (CEPS), and
  3. Administration of the CEPS to produce an empirical, more generalizable evidence base on participation in contingent employment by people with disabilities.






Coffee chat: feel free to join the meeting early to chat with your peers


10:00am - 11am

Welcome/Keynote: Statement of the Problem; landscape of contingent employment; increasingly a nation of contractors, micro-entrepreneurs; overview of findings

Nathan Moon, Ph.D.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Panel #1: Qualitative interview findings

Frances Harris, PhD.

Salimah LaForce, M.S.

Marsha Langer Ellison, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Chan Medical School

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Panel #2: Survey instrument – validity and reliability

Nathan Moon, Ph.D.

Maureen Linden, M.S.

Megan Henly, Ph.D., Project Director, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Panel #3: Survey quantitative findings – results, discoveries, and surprises

Nathan Moon, Ph.D.

Patricia Griffiths, Ph.D.

Lisa A. Schur, Ph.D., Professor - Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER), Rutgers University

4pm - 5pm

Closing Session/Takeaways: Where do we go from here? 

Moderator: Maureen Linden

Nathan Moon, Ph.D.

Amanda Reichard, PhD

This work is funded by the United States’ National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 90IFRE0004. The opinions contained in this presentation are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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