Saturday, November 28, 2009

NPR Article: "Job Crunch Even Harder on People with Disabilities"

NPR had a story yesterday titled "Job Crunch Even Harder on People with Disabilities." The article discusses the unemployment rate amongst people with disabilities (17.5 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed) and profiles Lenny Kepil, a software engineer who is deaf.

I think the article does a good job of pointing out some of the unfounded fears that employers have in hiring disabled people and the fact that accommodations cost so little they're barely worth keeping track of. I'm fortunate that I'm not looking for a job right now, but the article is a sobering read.

2 comments:

  1. great article. thanks for posting the link

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  2. In three years of looking for full-time work amid several part-time stints and students, I'm still not fully-employed. Interviews always make me nervous, too. Do I wear my hearing aids, or not? Do I mention my hearing loss and visual impairment, or not? Would those things deter an employers from hiring me, even though they shouldn't discriminate by law? Etc, etc... the joblessness and worries continue... :\

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