The Pros And Cons Of People With Disabilities

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A story that especially resonated with me was from the reading “Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act” called “A Chair Unseen” (O’Brien, 2004). It is an extremely saddening story about a man, Felix, who had been repeatedly neglected job interviews, purely based on his disability. Employers believed that if they brought him in for an interview, and he didn’t get the job, Felix would sue them for discrimination. He even had to change his reference letters because they only focused on this disability and how he was strong and smart despite his inability to walk. Additionally, he had to avoid talking about his disability during his interview, in fear of being denied the position because of it. This disability is an aspect of his identity, and he had to avoid talking about it. It is very saddening to think he has to hide a big part of himself from his potential future employers, without being certain that they will hire him just for his qualifications. People with disabilities should have equal employment opportunities to those without disabilities. The American Community Survey (ACS) estimates in 2015 the overall rate of people with disabilities in the US population was 12.6%. That is almost 1 out of every 8 people. Yet, in the United States, 34.9% of people with disabilities between the ages of 18-64 were employed, compared 76.0% for people without disabilities, creating a gap of 41.1% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). Sadly, the employment gap
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