Wednesday, March 11, 2009

After the Ride: Job Numbers Grim for People With Disabilities

Occasionally, we look at how schools prepare special needs riders for life after the bus ride ends. Transition planning often includes travel training on how to use public transit systems and getting them ready for the working world. But like everywhere else opportunities here are shrinking. "In February, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities rose to 14 percent compared with 8.7 percent for the rest of the population ... Meanwhile, just 19.8 percent of people with disabilities are employed compared to 64.8 percent for the rest of the population." Indiana University East Disability & Community Blog laments:
For many students with disabilities, becoming a productive citizen is a deciding factor in whether they can enjoy the liberties of a democratic society. People with disabilities are often dependent upon social services to provide a variety of supports that make it possible for them to be employed. It can take months if not years to get agency help coordinated in ways that make employment possible. It is a daunting task to start the support process all over again when a job falls through.

No comments:

Post a Comment

We want this to be an open forum for the hundreds of thousands of people that are involved in transporting special needs students each day. We want to hear what you think, what's going on at your facility and what solutions you've found. But, please, keep it civil. Just like on the bus, we'll have no tolerance for attacks or anything defamatory. We won't write you up, but we'll delete the comments right away. So don't bother. But if you have something to share, this is your place.

STN Editors