If I asked you to guess the largest minority and the fastest growing subgroup of the population in the U.S. what would you say?
According to the U.S. Census, the answer is people with disabilities. This group runs the gamut from visible disabilities to non-visible disabilities such as chronic health issues like asthma or diabetes; partial sensory impairment like poor vision or hearing loss; learning disabilities; and mental health conditions like depression. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, if you don’t currently have a disability, you have a one-in-five chance of developing one before retirement age.
I don’t argue with those statistics-I think we’ll even discover some new disabilities now that we have a generation of people who have grown up using computers and cell phones their whole lives. (My guess is that in about 40 years, zillions of people will be seeking early retirement due to Chronic Texting Thumbs Syndrome or Headset-Induced Giant Ear Disease.)
What worries me is how the workforce will treat those who have disabilities. Will their increasing numbers mean they’ll be more readily accepted by employers or will the four-in-five people who are not disabled end up landing all the jobs?
Read more here: Would you disclose a non-visible disability during an interview? | Career Management | TechRepublic.com.
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