Disability advocate and author of Embracing Inclusion, Marc Goldman, speaks with George Alger about disability and employment.
Goldman notes that although people in wheelchairs represent a visible aspect of the disabled population, most individuals who are disabled are invisible, meaning their disability is not obvious.
About 20% of the population is classified as disabled.
75% of disabled people are unemployed but the majority are employable.
Goldman also mentions the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
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