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People With Disabilities Make Able Workers

Twenty years after President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, workers with disabilities still face the daunting challenge of finding and keeping a job. While we lament a national unemployment rate that’s now approaching 10 percent, imagine facing a job market that has a 63 percent to 69 percent unemployment rate.

Sound unbelievable? According to employment data released by the U.S. Department of Labor in late 2009, just a little over one third of men and women with significant disabilities were in the work force.

Despite tremendous advancements in equality and opportunity that have been made since this important act was signed into law in 1990, 65 percent of people with disabilities are without jobs at any given time.

Read more here: People With Disabilities Make Able Workers | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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