Person With Disabilities : Barriers From College At The Workforce

1824 WordsApr 19, 20168 Pages
Person with Disabilities: Barriers from College to the Workforce Janel Parker University of Saint Joseph Person with Disabilities: Barriers from College to the Workforce People with disabilities are constantly overcoming obstacles only to encounter more. According to the United Nations, “the term ‘persons with disabilities’ is used to apply to all persons with disabilities including those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various attitudinal and environmental barriers, hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others” (United Nations, 2007). The prevalence of persons living with a disability nationwide is unknown, due to the concept and methods used to identify members of this population (United Nations, 2013). In the United States of America an estimated “48.9 million people, or 19.4% of the non-institutionalized civilians have a disability, 24.1 million people have a severe disability and an estimated 34.2 million people, or 17.5%, have a functional limitation” (The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP), 2012). The United States Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as a “person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment” (The
Open Document