October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, as designated by Congress. It is the perfect time to recognize that individuals with disabilities face greater unemployment and underemployed than individuals without disabilities — and to do something about it. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the month of August, the unemployment rate for those with disabilities was 15.6%, compared with 9.3% for individuals no disabilities. Also in August, the BLS released 2009 employment-population ratios, i.e., the proportion of the population employed. The ratio for persons with a disability was 19.2%, compared with 64.5% for those without a disability.
Even the federal government — the nation's largest employer — is working to improve its employment of disabled individuals. Individuals with disabilities currently represent just over 5% of the nearly two million people in the...(register to read more)