By Robert Bartolotta, Ph.D.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.This year's NDEAM theme "Inclusion Drives Innovation" reflects the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success.
Individuals find meaning, identity, and community through their work. Work also brings freedom and independence through financial security. Nationally, people with disabilities have higher unemployment (the percentage of individuals who are jobless, actively seeking work, and available to take a job) and lower labor participation (percentage of individuals who either have a job or are actively seeking work) rates than people without disabilities.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in July 2017 that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 9.6% and 4.4%...