Blog 6: Disability

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how the workplace becomes an institution where disability discrimination has not been resolved despite efforts. This discrimination has devastating impacts on the disabled community. While there are legal protections for workers from being discriminated against in the United States, discrimination continues to prevail. Currently through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it protects those with a physical or mental impairment that limits their major life activities. The act has a specific provision for employment, which states that individuals with a disability cannot be denied employment if they are qualified for the job. It focuses on things like hiring practices, job applications, workers compensation, etc. This broadening of the definition in 2008 lead to an increase in the number of disability cases tried in the United States. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency received a record 100,000 complaints of disability discrimination in 2010, a 17% increase over the previous year ("Disability Discrimination in the Workplace on the Rise," 2011). This is a significant problem, because employment is key to earning income. Without income individuals are more likely to be in poverty, because they cannot meet their basic needs. The impact is explained in Amy T. Wilson's essay "Human Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Developing Countries," "... Without access to vocational training and employment, people with disabilities are also more susceptible to becoming sick or injured resulting in a disability (232)." This is devastating, because unemployment creates a cycle of disabilities that is generational. In order to combat disabilities, the key is to make employment more accessible so that future generations are not also disabled. How do you think the ADA can adequately decide when a case actually has discrimination????? This would be the question I would ask my class. images-2.jpeg

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