Lisa Iezzoni graduated from medical school but didn’t end up becoming a practicing doctor. This was before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, and she says she just didn’t have the support. Read her story in Doctors With Disabilities Push For Culture Change In Medicine, produced in collaboration with WHYY’s The Pulse, NPR and Kaiser Health News.
Former U.S. Treasury economist Ernie Tedeschi wrote a guest column for the New York Times analyzing recent labor force employment data. Tedeschi sourced his information from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey and discovered promising signs that people with disabilities are returning to the labor force. Check out Tedeschi’s full report in NYT and readers’ comments about why the trend is occurring.
Unemployment rates for people with disabilities are significantly higher across America–especially in West Virginia, where around 25 percent of disabled people are employed. Some states are working to reduce those numbers, following a South Dakota state agency’s example. Read more
A photographer from North Wales is using their work to change the world’s perspective on disability. The unique photos show people with disabilities sharing something about their own dreams or ambitions. Read more
Disability Scoop reports that disability discrimination claims in the workplace reached a record high in 2016. Read more
Pennsylvania is considering a plan that would reduce sheltered workshop jobs, advocating for more community inclusion for adults with disabilities. Read more
Disability Scoop reports that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing retail giant Walmart of Americans with Disabilities Act violations after a woman with Down Syndrome was fired from a store in Wisconsin. Read more
People with disabilities tell NPR that they are finding freedom in employment in the food industry. Read more
People with disabilities are experiencing record gains in employment, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report. Read more
In smaller communities in Washington, the Seattle Times reports that it can take more than a year for people with disabilities to find a job. Read more