In days of old, when most people didn’t live to be old, there were very few notable works about old age, and those were penned by writers who were themselves not very old. Chaucer was around fifty when “The Merchant’s Tale” was conceived; Shakespeare either forty-one or forty-two when he wrote “King Lear,” Swift fifty-five or so when gleefully depicting the immortal but ailing Struldbruggs, and Tennyson a mere twenty-four when he began “Tithonus” and completed “Ulysses,” his great anthem to an aging but “hungry heart.”
Myths And Facts About Disability Employment: Q&A With A Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist | Forbes
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Diane Winiarski, the director of vocational rehabilitation at Allsup Employment Services, provides insight on the current state of disability employment in the country. In doing so, she debunks various myths that employers have about workers with disabilities, provides best practices on hiring and accommodating disabled workers and explains the work Allsup is doing to promote financial stability among people with disabilities.
Because it’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues, I want to shine the spotlight on underemployment. The missed opportunities to connect talented people with full-time work and the independence they deserve needs more attention. So why haven’t you heard much about the issue? Probably because most people are obsessed with unemployment numbers. But the reality is that even in a strong job market, people with disabilities are much more likely to be unemployed. We also work part time at higher rates than those without a disability (32% and 17%, respectively) according to the National Council of State Legislatures.
Tech Firm Illegally Refused to Interview Candidate Due to Hearing Impairment Federal Agency Charges Foster City-based technology company Guidewire Software, Inc., violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and interview a qualified job applicant due to her hearing impairment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed recently.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and it’s about time to discuss the staggering unemployment and sub-minimum pay rates among the disability community. According to data obtained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment-population ratio for people with disabilities was 19.1% in 2018, compared to 65.9% for people without disabilities. Although the lower rate among people with disabilities reflects, in part, the age profile of the population — older people are less likely to be employed — across all age groups, people with disabilities were much less likely to be employed than their non-disabled peers.
A legal loophole dating to the Great Depression is reaching a breaking point, thanks in part to increasingly left-wing politics. On a workshop floor in suburban Minnesota, Alexander Williamson packs earplugs into boxes. He’s held a variety of different jobs over the years: folding balloons, assembling medical supplies, delivering newspapers. But because Williamson is autistic, uses hearing aids, and deals with hemihypertrophy (one of his legs is longer than the other), he is paid a paltry $2.45 an hour for his work.
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