October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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10/1/2019

Illinois Department of Human Services Celebrates

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is: "Right Talent, Right Now."

Presidential Proclamation

2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Poster

2019 October Disability Employment Events 

Date Event
October 2

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) is hosting its Annual Awards Ceremony. This event is FREE and will recognize outstanding state employees, state agencies, non-profit groups, and businesses for their support of employees with disabilities and for promoting a greater awareness of disability issues.

James R. Thompson Center
Chicago, IL 60601

October 14 Ticket To Work Orientation - Jobs For Disabled Chicago Residents
Host: America Works of Illinois, Inc.
205 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Cost: Free
Registration/Info: Ticket To Work Orientation
October 16 Olive-Harvey College Disability Awareness Day and Resource Fair
Host: Olive-Harvey College, Chicago, IL
Time: 11am
Cost: Free
Registration/Information: Disability Awareness Day and Resource Fair
October 17

Deaf Awareness Day 
Host: Columbia College of Chicago 

Location: Columbia College of Chicago
Conway Center
1104 S. Wabash Ave, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Free admission

October 24 Disability Business Resource Forum
Host: Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Field Office, Chicago, IL
Time: 8am
Cost: Free
Registration/Information: Disability Business Resource Forum
October 26 Annual Summit for Youth with Disabilities - 2019
Host: Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Field Office, Chicago, IL
Time: 8am
Cost: Free
Registration/Information: Annual Summit for Youth with Disabilities

Job Accommodation Network's Multimedia Training Microsite

The Job Accommodation Network's Multimedia Training Microsite provides convenient Just-In-Time Modules for use by employers, educators, nonprofit organizations, and others. These materials may be used in group training or by individuals, and may easily be incorporated into larger training events. Topics include disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act, ergonomics, the interactive process, and more. All include a PowerPoint presentation and a downloadable transcript of the training.

Public Awareness Campaign

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED)

  • ICED Website - ICED serves state employees with disabilities and state agencies on issues relating to disability

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Success Stories

Jobs Sites for People with Disabilities

September 2019 Disability Employment Statistics (Ages 16 years and over)

Labor Force Participation

  • People with disabilities: 20.6%
  • People without disabilities: 68.7%

Unemployment Rate

  • People with disabilities: 6.1%
  • People without disabilities: 3.2%

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Disability Statistics

2018 Persons with a Disability Labor Force Characteristics & Employment Facts and Statistics

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

  • In 2018, 19.1 percent of persons with a disability were employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 65.9 percent. The employment-population ratios for both persons with and without a disability increased from 2016 to 2017. The unemployment rates for both persons with and without a disability declined from the previous year to 9.2 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.
  • Nearly half of all persons with a disability were age 65 and over, three times larger than the share of those with no disability.
  • Across all age groups, the employment-population ratios were much lower for persons with a disability than for those with no disability.
  • Unemployment rates for persons with a disability were higher than for persons without a disability across all educational attainment groups.
  • In 2018, 32 percent of workers with a disability were employed part time, compared with 17 percent for those with no disability.
  • Employed persons with a disability were more likely to be self-employed than those with no disability.

Demographic characteristics

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

  • Persons with a disability tend to be older than persons with no disability, reflecting the increased incidence of disability with age. In 2018, 49 percent of persons with a disability were age 65 and older, compared with 16 percent of those with no disability. Overall, women were somewhat more likely to have a disability than men, partly reflecting the greater life expectancy of women. In 2018, the prevalence of disability continued to be higher for Blacks and Whites than for Hispanics and Asians.

Employment

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

  • The employment-population ratio for persons with a disability increased from 18.7 percent in 2017 to 19.1 percent in 2018. The ratio for those without a disability, at 65.9 percent, edged up in 2018. The lower ratio among persons with a disability reflects, in part, the older age profile of persons with a disability; older workers are less likely to be employed regardless of disability status. However, across all age groups, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than those with no disability.
  • Among persons ages 16 to 64, employment-population ratios rose for both persons with a disability (30.4 percent) and persons without a disability (74.0 percent) in 2018. The ratios for persons age 65 and older with a disability (7.4 percent) and without a disability (23.6 percent) were little changed from the previous year.
  • Persons with a disability are less likely to have completed a bachelor's degree or higher than those with no disability. Among both groups, those who had attained higher levels of education were more likely to be employed than those who had attained less education. Across all levels of education in 2018, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than were their counterparts with no disability. (Educational attainment data are presented for those age 25 and older.)
  • Workers with a disability were more likely to be employed part time than those with no disability. In 2018, 31 percent of workers with a disability usually worked part time, compared with 17 percent of those without a disability. The proportion of workers with a disability who worked part time for economic reasons was slightly higher than their counterparts without a disability (4 percent, compared with 3 percent). These individuals were working part time because their hours had been reduced or because they were not able to find a full-time job.
  • In 2018, persons with a disability were more concentrated in service occupations than those with no disability (19.0 percent, compared with 17.2 percent). Workers with a disability were also more likely than those with no disability to work in production, transportation, and material moving occupations (13.9 percent, compared with 11.8 percent). Persons with a disability were less likely to work in management, professional, and related occupations than those without a disability (33.7 percent, compared with 40.3 percent).
  • The proportion of persons employed in government was slightly higher for persons with a disability than for persons without a disability in 2018 (14.1 percent, compared with 13.4 percent, respectively). A larger share of persons with a disability were self-employed than were those with no disability (10.2 percent, compared with 6.1 percent); a smaller share of workers with a disability were employed as private wage and salary workers (75.5 percent) than those with no disability (80.4 percent).

Unemployment

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

  • The unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 8.0 percent in 2018, more than twice the rate of those with no disability (3.7 percent). (Unemployed persons are those who did not have a job, were available for work, and were actively looking for a job in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.) The unemployment rates for both persons with and without a disability were lower in 2018 than in the prior year.
  • In 2018, the unemployment rate for men with a disability (7.9 percent) was about the same as the rate for women (8.1 percent). The unemployment rates for both men and women declined from 2017 to 2018. Jobless rates declined among Whites and Blacks with a disability in 2018, while the rates for Hispanics and Asians showed little change. For persons with a disability, Blacks (11.2 percent) and Hispanics (9.8 percent) had higher unemployment rates than Whites (7.3 percent), and Asians (7.1 percent) in 2018. (

Not in the labor force

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

  • Persons who are neither employed nor unemployed are not in the labor force. A large proportion of persons with a disability--about 8 in 10--were not in the labor force in 2018, compared with about 3 in 10 of those with no disability. In part, this reflects the older age profile of persons with a disability; persons age 65 and older are much less likely to participate in the labor force than younger age groups. Across all age groups, however, persons with a disability were more likely to be out of the labor force than those with no disability.
  • For persons with and without a disability, the vast majority of those not in the labor force reported that they do not want a job. In 2018, 3 percent of those with a disability and 6 percent of those without a disability wanted a job. Among those who do want a job, a subset is classified as marginally attached to the labor force. These individuals wanted and were available to work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (Persons marginally attached to the labor force include discouraged workers.) About 1 percent of persons with a disability and 2 percent of persons without a disability were marginally attached to the labor force in 2018.

Other Statistics

  • People with disabilities represent the third largest market segment in the U.S., surpassing Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans, as well as Generation X and teens. Add in their families, friends and associates, and you get a trillion dollars in purchasing power.
    Source: Campaign for Disability Employment
  • Job accommodations for people with disabilities are usually low cost or no cost. A recent study conducted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) revealed that 56 percent of workplace accommodations cost absolutely nothing, Of those accommodations that did have a cost, the typical one-time expenditure by employers was $500. 
    Source: Campaign for Disability Employment

Resources

  • Fighting Discrimination in Employment Under the ADA
    The ADA expands equal employment opportunity and full inclusion for people with disabilities. Through its work to implement the ADA, the Department of Justice is breaking down barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.
  • Breaking Down Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
    In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Civil Rights Division is highlighting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a gateway to equal opportunity in the workplace.
  • Final Report on Best Practices For the Employment of People with Disabilities In State Government
    by The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Assistive Technology Videos: A series of short videos to demonstrate available assistive technology. Videos include screen magnification software, speech recognition software, assistive listening devices, closed circuit televisions, digital pens, embedded technology and others. To view these videos and others, please visit: www.youtube.com/thedodcap
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