Disabilities and Employment

Introduction

Compiled by Caroline Ogilvy, M.S.W.

Topic Page Advisor:
Lisa Schur, Ph.D.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, along with other policy initiatives, have attempted to improve employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities. Individuals with psychological and physical disabilities represent the single largest minority group seeking employment today. As the demand for skilled labor and a desire for a diverse workforce have increased, there has been a recent growing awareness and developing interest in the disparities individuals with disabilities face at work. This page offers employers, employees, policymakers and scholars information about disabilities and employment including; the effects of employment disparities, employee recruiting and hiring guidelines, job accommodations, and regulations that protect the employment rights of people with disabilities.