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Disability and employment are two words that have not historically fit so well together.  Yet, more and more people with a disability are finding meaningful employment in part because of beneficial laws and more public exposure and information about disabilities. Here are some facts you should know if you are looking for disability employment opportunities. Disabled job seekers are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  This federal civil rights...
When it comes to careers for the disabled, and jobs for people with disabilities, there is a lot going on to generate support and action. For those people with a disability looking for jobs, there are numerous resources giving attention to the field, the requirements and the potential. Jobs for people with disabilities is a hot topic, and here are six tips to focus on that should lead to job placement. 1) Know The Americans With Disabilities  "Amendment Act" The first section of...
While the anti-discrimination laws put in place in the 1990s should have made it easier for individuals with disabilities to get and keep jobs, the sad fact is that finding jobs for disabled individuals is hard.  Individuals with disabilities have lower rates of employment than those in the general population.  According to data from 2002, 56% percent of individuals between the ages of 21 and 64 who had some form of disability were employed....
Job hunters everywhere are facing challenging times in the uncertain economic climate, but jobs for people with disabilities somehow always seem just a bit harder to come by. While no business can operate with the wrong people on staff, disabled persons often infuse their work environments with creativity, innovation, and community spirit. Supporting everyone in ways that allow them to make a meaningful contribution is as critical to the well being of America today as it was in better times....

By Aliah D. Wright

When Vickie Peirano-Thompson’s employer told her they’d be turning to people with disabilities to fuel their workforce, she was skeptical. “I had a fear,” said Peirano-Thompson, manager of UCB, an accounts receivable firm located in Ohio. “I was thinking ‘how is someone who is visually impaired going to perform? How are they going to be able to collect the money? How are they going to be able to make the phone calls? How is this going to happen?’” But, she said, the company discovered “there...

By Janet D. Fiore

When we talk about hiring people with disabilities, we are also discussing the broader issues of labor shortages, diverse hiring practices, and the social reactions to an impairment. Therefore, it is of importance to note that the reported benefits of hiring as referenced by the sources included in this summary are not comprehensive and do not necessarily reflect all aspects of these broad issues. What is represented, however, is a list of valid benefits to businesses who hire veterans and...

By Adam Kaplan

Despite an unemployment rate nearly double that of their non-disabled peers, people with disabilities can look forward to a bright jobs future -- provided that they approach their career activities the right way. Both experienced job seekers as well as those new to the world of employment can follow these five tips, culled from our conversations with hundreds of disabled individuals and other job seekers searching for work over the past few years. Tip 1: Dare to Dream When we speak to...
Healthcare’s growing importance in the American economy has particular impact for job seekers with disabilities. Organizations specializing in job placement for the disabled find that healthcare employers offer unrivaled access to careers at a better rate than for any other industry in the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that unemployment for the disabled is 12.9%, which is more than 5% higher than the national average and a 3.6% increase since the onset of the recession in...
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published on Dec. 9, 2011, a notice of proposed rule-making for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These revisions are expected to take effect early in 2013. The proposed regulations are designed to help increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities with a national target of 7 percent of federal contractor employees. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show stark employment disparities:...
New efforts to raise job market awareness for those with disabilities struggling to find employment is coming at a critical time. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently launched a new public service announcement on more than 1,400 television stations entitled “Because.” The ads are "intended to replace myths and misperceptions about disability employment with new views of what people with disabilities can do,” ODEP reports. Web users can watch the PSA at http://...

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