Disability as Inequality: Social Disparities, Health Disparities and Participation in Daily Activities

Seminar LIEPP/OSC November 27, 2019 - 12h30 - 14h30
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LIEPP and OSC are glad to invite you to attend the seminar:

Disability as Inequality : Social Disparities, Health Disparities, and Participation in Daily Activities

Wednesday November 27 2019, 12h30 - 14h30

room Percheron 

98 rue de l'université, 75007 Paris 

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 Carrie Shandra

 Associate Professor at the State University of New York 

 Visiting Professor, Sciences Po 



Individuals with disabilities experience lower education levels, lower employment rates, fewer household resources, and poorer health than people without disabilities. Yet, despite comprising more than one-eighth of the US population, people with disabilities are seldom integrated into sociological studies of inequality. This study uses time use data to understand one type of inequality between working-aged people with and without disabilities: participation in daily activities. It also tests whether social disparities (as suggested by the social model of disability) or health disparities (as suggested by the medical model of disability) explain a larger percentage of participation differences. Results indicate that adults with disabilities spend less time than those without disabilities in market work and more time in health-related activities and leisure - but the same amount of time in nonmarket work like housework and childcare. Although health characteristics explain more of the difference in health-related time use, by disability status, socioeconomic characteristics explain more of the difference in market and leisure time. Results indicate the importance of disentangling disability from health in sociological studies of inequality.  Extensions of these findings are also discussed.