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Disabilities in the Workplace
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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03/31/2008
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There's a big demand in Connecticut for highly qualified employees.

 

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Amy Porter, Connect-Ability Project DirectorAmy Porter, Connect-Ability Project DirectorConnecticut employers have a big demand for highly-qualified workers, but thousands of these workers are without jobs because of disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is meant to protect everyone from workplace discrimination. It mandates employers to make accommodations for physically or mentally disabled workers - and, theoretically, opens up the workplace to a wide diversity of talent. But in practice, disabled people are often left out. The employment rate of disabled individuals is roughly 40 percent - nearly half the rate for those without disabilities.
On this episode of Where We Live, we take a look at disability in the workplace - and Connect-Ability, an organization working to connect willing workers with companies.

 

Kathy Flaherty, Staff Attorney at Statewide Legal Services of CTKathy Flaherty, Staff Attorney at Statewide Legal Services of CT

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