People with disabilities can, and do, work in all areas of the American workforce. They thrive when they fully participate in their communities, and in turn, the nation thrives. However, statistics show that many people with disabilities remain unemployed or under-employed. In addition, thousands of people with disabilities are being paid less than the minimum wage and/or work in isolation and segregation in programs which lead them nowhere.
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) and other Protection and Advocacy programs are working at the state and local level to change these outcomes. The National Disability Rights Network is advocating at the federal level with Congress and the Administration to make changes in laws, regulations, policies and practices to further the ability of people with disabilities to be employed in integrated environments at competitive wages.
Segregated and Exploited. In reports released in 2011 and 2012, NDRN found a total failure of the disability service system to provide quality work for people with disabilities. The reports blast segregated work, sheltered environments and low wages for people with disabilities and highlight a massive breakdown between good federal and state policies and their implementation and oversight. Read NDRN's scathing reports: Segregated and Exploited (2011) and Beyond Segregated and Exploited (2012).
Ever hear someone say "People with disabilities can't compete in the job market" or "Some people are just too disabled to work." We hear it all the time and, frankly, we're getting kind of tired of it. Here are some answers to many of the common myths people believe about employment of people with disabilities. Help us set the record straight!
NDRN recently submitted statements in support of competitive integrated employment for two hearings regarding employment of people with disabilities.
Know Your Rights
A variety of federal and state laws exist to protect people with disabilities from discrimination in employment. Check out NDRN's Employment Discrimination Law page.
Think the minimum wage applies to everyone? Think again. Learn how wage and hour laws leave people with disabilities behind.
The ADA and other laws protect people who need to take leave because of a medical condition. Learn more about medical leave.
Additional information about the employment of people with disabilities can be found at the following sites.
You can call your P&A about employment when: