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Can Remote Work Boost for Those with Disabilities?

Remote Work has Potential to Boost Employment for Those With Disabilities

Original Article by  Megan Newsham  | Business Journal

The pandemic has depressed employment all over the world, but for those living with a disability, employment challenges were a reality long before Covid-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four adults in the U.S. have some type of disability, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020, only 17.9% of people with a disability were employed, down from 19.3% the previous year.

But the increase in remote work, prompted by office closures during the pandemic, has the potential to improve the employment rates for millions of people living with a disability. Tools for remote work, including Zoom, Slack and Google Docs, are designed to be accessible for all.

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