October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This national campaign aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of employees with disabilities.
This year’s theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” This theme reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than one million people with disabilities lost employment during the first six months of the pandemic, according to the New Hampshire University Institute on Disability. The pandemic has disproportionately affected people with disabilities, those who have historically faced significant barriers to employment.
Federal employment statistics show that only 29% of individuals with disabilities are gainfully employed. Many are underemployed ,such as working in low-wage or part-time jobs without opportunities for career advancement. Data from 2020 by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that:
- Across all age groups, persons with disabilities were much less likely to be employed than those with no disabilities.
- Across all educational attainment groups, unemployment rates for persons with a disability were higher than those without a disability.
- In 2020, 29 percent of workers with a disability were employed part-time, compared with 16 percent for those with no disability.
To celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, here are five tips to help your child achieve successful employment after epilepsy surgery.