Landmark disability legislation turns 30
| By Tatiana Peralta |
Throughout the month of July, SourceAmerica will join the nation to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a landmark piece of legislation that paved the way for the inclusion of people with disabilities. From its inception, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has focused on ensuring that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This historic civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the public.
"This milestone is a good time to reflect on strides that the U.S. has made in promoting equality for people with disabilities and also to recognize how much more needs be done to create employment opportunities for those in the disability community," said Vince Loose, president and CEO of SourceAmerica.
The anniversary comes at a pivotal time as people with disabilities see unexpected increases in unemployment numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the June 5 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, only 27.7% of working-age professionals with disabilities are employed -- a decrease of 9.8% from this same time last year.
People with disabilities provided critical services to help keep essential businesses operating over the past several months. Their dedication and commitment to supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response efforts did not go unnoticed and should serve as a reminder that this workforce has always been essential.
Now is the time for businesses to look at their hiring practices and make them truly inclusive. Accessibility in the workplace for people with disabilities can be achieved through new technology advancements. SourceAmerica continues to expand its in-depth research on the future of work and the use of emerging technologies that enable people with disabilities to demonstrate the unique value they can bring to the workplace.
SourceAmerica is proud to support employment for these talented individuals by connecting them to jobs through our national network of more than 700 nonprofit agencies.