Wednesday, 26 December 2007 19:00
The Charlotte Observer released a report yesterday
that shows the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 44.2 percent,
almost 10 times as much as the overall national unemployment rate.
A study at
Cornell University released in November found even higher unemployment rates
among all the nation’s 22.3 million disabled workers aged 21-64. The study said
these people are twice as likely to live in poverty. The Observer cites several
reasons for the differences, among them prejudice and accessibility. Costs of retrofitting
buildings with ramps and other handicapped accommodations have been cited as
reasons for not hiring the disabled.