The Yang-Tan Institute recognizes that the world of work for people with disabilities is constantly evolving. Our research and outreach continues to adapt to meet emerging need.
The Yang-Tan Institute has always embraced and promoted accessibility and inclusive/universal design. With the rise of reliance on technology, it is imperative to make products, software and applications that are available to and usable by everyone. YTI working with Cornell Computer and Information Science (CIS), submitted an application to Teach Access and Cornell University is now an educational organization member. In addition, YTI continues to promote accessibility and universal design to Cornell's Information and Technology team.
We are forging partnerships and conducting research around neurodiversity in the workplace. We serve as a repository of open-sourced materials and videos for DXC Technologies Dandelion Program. We also offer a two-credit a two-credit course entitled Workplace Disability Inclusion: Innovations and Initiatives (Autism at Work) (ILR HR 4657) to undergraduates at Cornell University and conduct credit internships for ILR undergraduate students in leading companies with Autism at Work Initiatives such as: DXC Technologies (Melbourne, Australia); EY (NYC), JPMorgan Chase & Co (Wilmington, Delaware), Microsoft (Seattle, WA), and SAP (Newtown Square, PA).
Unique issues and challenges exist for justice-involved people with disabilities, requiring person-centered planning and approaches to rehabilitation and community re-entry that account for intersectional identities. The Yang-Tan Institute (YTI) has contributed to addressing these critical needs for more than 30 years and continues to engage in research and outreach efforts focused on these issues, as the number of justice involved people has grown and the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and other marginalized identities have become more complex.
The United States leads the world in the number of people incarcerated, under parole, on probation, or with a criminal record. Having even a minor criminal record can present major obstacles to employment1. Additionally, criminal justice involvement has implications for access to housing, financial benefits, healthcare, and political participation. People with disabilities experience disproportionate risk of arrest and incarceration. Individuals in state and federal prisons are nearly three times as likely to have a disability, and four times as likely to have a cognitive disability, as the general population, while one in five prison inmates has a serious mental illness2. National estimates of the rate of disability among incarcerated youth range from 40% to 70%3.
1 Society for Human Resource Management (2012). Bureau of Justice Statistics (2015).
2 Bureau of Justice Statistics (2015).
3 Bonczar (2003); Meyer et al. (2017); Bureau of Justice Statistics (2015); Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2015); Hagner, et al. (2008).