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USA: Disabled people losing jobs at an alarming rate

Posted 18/4-11 at 01.29

In a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Corporate Disability Employment Summit, Senator Tom Harkin, a longtime disability advocate, urged business leaders to step up efforts to employ disabled people.

Harkin told his audience that, ‘"The ADA and the special education laws have combined to produce the best-educated population of people with disabilities in U.S. history. And yet, while the majority of them would like to be working, the shocking fact is that more than two thirds of Americans with disabilities are without a job."

Furthermore, he pointed out that a third of those pushed out of work in the last two years were disabled people. This means that disabled adults are leaving the labor force during the recession at more than 10 times the rate of their non­-disabled peers.




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