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Martin:

Another way to improve employment that is rarely mentioned is strengthening human rights laws.

Right now it is difficult to take a case through the process, and even more difficult to find any legal help.

If persons with disabilities were eligible for legal aid, and if awards became punitive we’d see change sooner.

It’s cheaper to discriminate than to make any effort.

Wednesday, December 11 at 3:02 pm | Reply

Natalie:

One of the pieces to this story that is rarely, if ever mentioned is the need for most career positions to “work your way up” from a bottom level. While I understand that society expects young people to pay their dues, and not expect to enter into managerial jobs right out of college, what if you are perfectly employable but cannot engage in those bottom level, “internship” type jobs. My husband has a masters degree in human rights law, but has been stuck for the last two years in a very part time, low paid position that has no possibility for upward mobility. The reason is that other people with similar degrees are taking internships and clerical positions in companies or non-profits where they want to work, and then working their way up from there. My husband has quadriplegic cerebral pasly. He is brilliant and personable. He can work excellently at the computer, has great communication skills and inter-personal skills. He cannot, however, fetch coffee, file paperwork or run errands. Because of this, he has been unable to enter into any type of career path, and is continuously passed over for jobs, either because he is applying to jobs that are above the entry level, thus he is not seen as qualified, or he is applying to entry level positions which he does not have the physical capacity to do (he interviewed for a door knocking job that might have had some upward mobility, but since he cannot climb stairs, or knock on a door, that wasn’t going to work). How is a person like him ever going to be able to use his skills, when it seems as though all jobs that would use those skills require at least of few years of “paying you dues” as coffee boy or errand woman.

Friday, December 13 at 10:28 pm | Reply

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