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Living and Working with a Disability

  • Published: 2009-02-05 (Revised/Updated 2009-02-17) : Author: Erin Laing
  • Synopsis: Living and Working with Disability gives a brief overview of disability and of the challenges a person may go through on a day-to-day basis.

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This article describes the ADA and the type of educational and professional assistance disabled persons may receive from various institutions and government agencies as well as its affect on internal business environments.

It is estimated that about one in every five persons in the United States is disabled. Disability can be natural through birth or acquired through a serious injury or accident.

A disabled condition may involve any of the five following impairments: physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, mental, or chronic disease.

Whether you have a disability or know someone, it can be a difficult experience or factor in your daily livelihood. John Morgan, of the Morgan & Morgan Law Firm, is a dedicated Florida accident lawyer who specializes in protecting those who are disabled and assisting them in finding the best care and resources in order to live their life accordingly. A lot of his motivation to assist those who are disabled comes from his brother's accident at a theme park which left him permanently bound to a wheel chair.

Living with a disability can affect many aspects of a person's life.

Comprehension of knowledge can deter a person in any personal, educational, or professional atmosphere. This can interfere with general tasks and demands as well as social interaction, community involvement, and day-to-day chores and routines. If a person suffered a trauma this may also involve emotion and psychological difficulty as well.

Discrimination can also be an additional, sometimes hidden, factor of being disabled. Fortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was established in 1992 to protect disabled persons from prejudice. The act bans discrimination against anyone who suffers any mental or physical impairment. The ADA also mandates that all public facilities must provide accommodative features to the disabled through sensible policy, practice, and procedural adjustments.

Fortunately, John Morgan's brother is currently working for the call center at Morgan & Morgan. But for other Americans, jobs don't come as easily. According to the U.S. government, more than 54 million Americans file for disability. More than 65% of those people claim to be underemployed or unemployed. For those who are unable to work, filing social Security disability claims can be a difficult and tedious process but these benefits are vital to the survival of any disabled individual who, due to their condition, are unable to generate income to fund their daily livelihood.

For those who are able to work, IT jobs are becoming especially popular due to new technology. In response, the Denver Community College, in Denver, has been training workers with a broad range of mental and physical handicaps for jobs involving programming or network administration. The program is 13 months long and consists of many small classes, and one-on-one teaching. Part of the training uses adaptive technology such as voice-recognition software for the blind to use on PCs.

The U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Arlington, Va.-based Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) have also distributed a $500,000 grant in order to replicate a Denver program in Austin, Texas; Princeton, N.J.; and northern Virginia. This was distributed to decrease unemployment rates and encourage hiring of disabled Americans. In return, business should see a boost in employee loyalty and productivity as employers invest in their employees training and other important adjustments.

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