October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. What does this mean? It is a time that is recognized by the federal government. People with disabilities are employed at a rate of 24% vs 76% for individuals without disabilities. That is a 52% difference. Some of the reasons for this lack of employment include:
*Lack of education
*Lack of exposure to the workplace
*Lack of expectation to work
*Lack of opportunities
People with disabilities are held to a different standard. They are not given the same education, opportunities or exposure to work as their non-disabled peers. This statistic will not change until these factors change. If this issue is important to you, then let me know. I will be blogging all month about it.