New Data on Barriers to Work Among People with Disabilities

The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued a press release summarizing new data from a Current Population Survey supplement looking at barriers to employment among people with disabilities. As of May, 2012, over half of people with disabilities who were not working reported having one or more barriers to work. The three most commonly self-reported barriers were a person’s own disability, lack of training or education, and the need for special features at the job. About half of respondents with disabilities who worked reported having some difficulty completing their work duties because of their disability. Employed persons with disabilities were more likely (compared with persons with no disability) to have requested a change in their workplace to do their job better, to work at home, and to have flexible work schedules.

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