For many individuals, their career choices and professions make up a large part of their identities. However, people with disabilities might not be this lucky. Despite making up almost one-fourth of the world’s population, it’s been estimated that over 10 percent of people have a physical disability. With so many people with a disability, it comes as a shock that there’s such a disparity between the employment rates of able-bodied individuals versus individuals with a disability. In fact, it’s been shown that only 25 percent of the disabled U.S. population is employed, versus almost 80 percent of the able-bodied population.
What’s worse, these employment numbers have been steadily falling since 2009, when the Great Recession was making its impact known. This means that when economic crises hit, the disabled communities are often the first to suffer. This news may be shocking for some, but not all; many individuals with disabilities often report being subtly discriminated against by potential employers and organizations that aren’t committed to disability rights.
If you’ve been struggling to find work and have been coming up against more than your fair share of obstacles, consider taking the following steps:
• Don’t deal with this discrimination in silence. Instead, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC; www.eeoc.gov) to make a report about any discrimination or harassment you’ve suffered from in the workplace.
• Research employers in your area who are committed to raising disability awareness. Discrimination against the disability community is among one of the remaining taboos in the workplace, which means many individuals still fight against this everyday. Until the day arrives when all people are treated equally, search out employers that are already embracing this progressive attitude.
• Consider turning a hobby into a stay-at-home business. This can often solve the problem of generating income, as you won’t have to worry about going into an office everyday or dealing with workplace discrimination. Plus, working from home makes it more likely that you’ll do something you love.
If your disabled, you’re part of a powerful part of the world’s population – and you shouldn’t have to tolerate any kind of discrimination from prospective employers. Speak up when it happens, so more people can follow your example.
Article courtesy of themobilityresource.com