The intersection of disability benefit receipt, motherhood, and labor force participation


Researchers at Washington State University are examining the impact of motherhood on the labor force behaviors of women with disabilities. We are looking to interview mothers currently receiving SSI and/or SSDI benefits for a disability as well as mothers who have received benefits in the past 5 years. To be eligible, you must be older than 18 and have at least one child 18 years old or younger who resides with you at least 50% of the time.

Participants will participate in an interview (over phone or via Zoom) that is expected to last 60-90 minutes. Questions will explore the unique experiences of mothers with disabilities, with a specific emphasis on identifying the constraints they face in pursuing paid work, the supports they imagine might most effectively remedy those challenges, as well as the programs or resources they have utilized to facilitate transitions back to the labor force. You may find some questions sensitive, but you do not need to answer all of them!

Participants will receive $40 for their time.

If you are interested, please fill out a brief Google form HERE. Or, if you prefer, contact the researcher, Sarah Deming, directly phone: 208-741-3824 or email:


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