Friday, March 10, 2006

Attitude, Not Cost, Barrier to Disabled Workers

Accomidating disabilities is not always costly ...

"Recent data shows employers who make an effort to accommodate employees with disabilities can do so at little cost and great benefit, exposing deeper discrimination behind dismal employment numbers.

Impressing a potential employer during an interview and getting a good job offer is difficult for many. But for those with disabilities - who must prove they are as qualified as non-disabled candidates - finding any job has its own challenges.

When Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) fifteen years ago, supporters hoped the equity legislation would increase disabled peoples’ opportunities for employment. But, according to researchers at Cornell University, the employment rate for people with disabilities peaked around 25 percent in the 1990s before dropping below 20 percent by 2004."   continued ...   (Via The NewStandard)

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