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Source: How States Are Trying to End the Disability Unemployment Crisis – Working In These Times
A Disparity of Systems Endangers Employment of the Disabled
In this country, there is currently a crisis in the employment of the disabled. Even though there are many disabled people who have adequate opportunities for vocational training, or are already trained, there are many others who don’t have an equal opportunity to training, or employment opportunities.
This problem causes a huge amount disabled people in the United States to be unemployed. This unemployment puts them in a position where they must receive some public help to survive. It isn’t because disabled people are lazy or unmotivated.
One of the biggest disincentives for disabled people looking for a job is that every state deals with the problem of disability employment in a different way. Every state seems to have its idea how to discuss this issue. This disparity of services causes a huge dilemma for employment of the disabled. There is a patchwork of different ideas about how to solve this problem, some being good and others bad.
One of the biggest problems making it more difficult for employment of the disabled is that if a person with a disability finds a job, the government starts taking away valuable services such as medical care, housing, and other benefits necessary for survival. This problem puts most disabled people in a Catch-22 situation because, if they work they lose services they cannot live without, and if they don’t work, they are forced to live in poverty because government benefits don’t equal the amount of money a disabled person can make if I have left five a job.
This denial of services is a huge disincentive for employment of the disabled is because most disabled people start a beginning salary that is much too low to be able to afford to offset the cost of benefits they lose. Disability rights advocates have pointed this fact out to the government for years but to no avail.
One state, South Dakota, has started to recognize this disincentive for employment of the disabled and are starting to give medical benefits to disabled people who work. Hopefully, other states will follow suit and start allowing disabled people who seek work, not to be penalized for doing so.