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Disability Employment and Job Finding Information

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-12-28
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
Additional References: Disability Employment Publications

Synopsis: Information on disability employment, jobs, and equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in the workplace. The Disability Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in employment, including recruitment, terms and conditions of work, and dismissal or termination. The U.S. Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. They offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

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This Disabled World category on disability employment is intended to provide a convenient entry point for resources on equal employment opportunity and disability, as well as links to resources from other worldwide employment organizations and agencies, including websites for persons with disabilities seeking employment, disability job vacancies, and jobs working from home. The Disability Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in employment, including recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, and dismissal or termination.

Since COVID-19, the World has been facing an acute labor shortage, with many industries struggling to find enough qualified workers to fill open positions. For underrepresented groups who may face barriers to entry in certain industries, joining the labor market can be effective for both ends. People with disabilities represent perhaps the largest minority group facing such barriers - with America's current disability employment gap hovering at 44.6%. Employers can consider recruiting from a wider pool of candidates, such as those from different geographic areas or non-traditional backgrounds. By taking a proactive approach to addressing the labor shortage, companies can not only meet their staffing needs but also help build a stronger and more diverse workforce for the future.

In many developed countries around the world, a debate has moved beyond a concern about the cost of maintaining dependent people with a disability to the struggle to find effective ways of ensuring people with a disability can participate in and contribute to society in all aspects of life.

Disability Employment Services Can Provide:

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Black and white illustration of two business men shaking hands.

U.S. Government Jobs:

As the Nation's largest employer, the U.S. Federal Government has a special responsibility to lead by example in including people with disabilities in the workforce. The U.S. Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. They offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Hiring people with disabilities into Federal jobs is fast and easy, as people with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a Schedule A process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process.

Other job information and resources include:

Facts and Statistics on Disability Employment:

Claims for disability benefits are surging in industrialized countries - up to 600 percent in some nations - encouraging governments, private companies, and unions to search for ways to get disabled people back to work, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Discriminatory practices continue to deny persons with disabilities, as well as workers who become disabled, access to work. Two-thirds of the unemployed respondents with disabilities said they would like to work but could not find jobs.

An estimated 386 million of the world's working-age people have some disability, says the International Labor Organization (ILO). Unemployment among persons with disabilities is as high as 80 percent in some countries. Of the 70 million persons with disabilities in India, only about 100,000 have obtained employment in the industry.

A 2004 United States survey found that only 35 percent of working-age persons with disabilities are working, compared to 78 percent of those without disabilities. One-third of the employers surveyed said that persons with disabilities could not effectively perform the required job tasks. The second most common reason for not hiring persons with disabilities was the fear of costly special facilities.

Unions are becoming involved in the return to work through direct provision of services and disability management programs in the workplace, the ILO says. The ILO study also finds that private insurance providers are introducing more flexible arrangements so that workers who become disabled and attempt a gradual transition to work do not lose their benefits. Companies are investigating options for reducing costs by introducing disability management programs in the workplace. Thousands of persons with disabilities have been successful as small business owners, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

45 countries have anti-discrimination and other disability-specific laws. Recent changes in national laws to promote the employment of disabled persons have often not been adequate to assist individuals with new types of impairments. This is particularly true for those workers suffering from the "new" occupational diseases, for example, those related to stress and repetitive strain injury, and for those who have invisible disabilities, such as mental illness and chronic pain, that do not fall within the scope of legal definitions in some countries.

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