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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Green Shoots and Disability Employment

  In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the employment of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Diane Winiarski at Kiplinger:

Americans with disabilities are already returning to work in droves. More than 35% of the disability community ages 18-64 were employed in September — the highest rate(opens in new tab) since the U.S. began tracking this figure in 2007, and up from 31% right before the pandemic. By contrast, 78% of adults without disabilities were employed — about the same as the pre-pandemic figure.

This surge is largely due to a labor market that has remained tight for about two years and employers’ shifting perspective on work-from-home and hybrid environments and other accommodations that attract workers with disabilities to fill open positions.