Infographic: The Numbers Behind Disability Employment

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates American workers with disabilities. The National Center on Disability and Journalism gathered data on key employment statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, presented below. The graphic is available for re-publication under Creative Commons usage.

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The Washington Post

For China’s disabled, jobs are hard to find

Despite investing an unprecedented amount in infrastructure for the disabled when it hosted the Olympics and Paralympic games in 2008, China has backtracked when it comes to improving the livelihoods of its citizens with disabilities. Unemployment for people with disabilities in China remains a massive problem. Though exact figures are unknown, China’s government agency on disabilities estimated that in 2010, only 4 million people in urban areas and 17 million in rural areas were employed.  That’s out of a country with an estimated 85 million people with disabilities. Read more.

The New York Times

Rhode Island Settles Case on Jobs for the Disabled

The U.S. Justice Department and the State of Rhode Island settled a “landmark case” Tuesday that will effectively halt the long-running practice of segregating people with developmental disabilities from the general workforce by placing them in sheltered workshops and adult day programs.

Federal officials said the case provides a “road map” of compliance for the civil rights of an estimated 450,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country. Read more.

CU – Citizen Access

A Second Chance: After life-changing injury, farmer-turned-researcher now teaches others about agricultural dangers

Robert “Chip” Petrea lost both of his legs in a hay baler accident on his family’s farm in southern Illinois in 1978. Today, Petrea is a principal research specialist in the department of Agricultural Engineering Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Petrea focuses on preventing other farmers from being injured on the job and helping the ones who do adapt in an industry with a higher injury rate than nearly all other occupations. Read more.