Why do we value work?
Work is an important part of our identities. It gives us the ability
to express our talents and interests, as well as build towards
financial independence and contribute to society as a whole.
This fundamental part of human expression, independence,
and social contribution should be equitably available to all Americans.
Unfortunately, such is not the case.
Only a tiny fraction of Americans with disabilities are employed full-time,
compared to their non-disabled counterparts, but our leaders in government and industry
are working hard to afford people with disabilities the opportunity to work and achieve
independence and security
through their own devices.
This web-based resource brings together a wealth of information, with sections about
public employment policy, research, and enabling programs and supports for people with disabilities.
We hope that this information will contribute to your better understanding
of how public policy is reshaping the world of work, bringing us ever closer to the
realization of full employment for people with disabilities.
Here you will also find an on-line primer on public policy as it relates to employment
of people with disabilities. In addition, statistical information about the progress being made in
full employment, especially incidence of disability, employment status of people with disabilities,
and their household incomes on a state by state basis is now available on-line.