Category Archives: Structural Barriers

Best and Worst States on Jobs for People With Disabilities

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New statistics released this week show that Americans with disabilities saw a slowdown in job gains compared to those of the previous year. The Disability Statistics Compendium, released by Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, shows that the employment rate for people with disabilities has risen to 37 percent. The Compendium also shows that geography has an impact on employment outcomes for Americans with disabilities.


The Nonprofit Need to Address Discrimination against Those with Disabilities

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A recent study indicates that 75 percent of nonprofit boards don’t have anyone with a disability on them, despite 25 percent of Americans having a disability. This contributes to nonprofits’ lack of consideration of things like physical accessibility, language, captioning use, and cognitive accessibility for those who learn and perceive differently. RespectAbility, the disability rights group that conducted the survey, found that more than a third of respondents believe internal bias among leadership contributes to this gap. 


Simple Accommodations for Deaf Employees You May Have Never Considered

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Man​​y people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing do not feel welcome in the American workplace, despite legislation to encourage employment, strong popular support for the use of sign language and large investments in accessible post-secondary education for students who are deaf, a sign language interpreter told SHRM Online. This article introduces ways in which you can help deaf or hard-of-hearing people experience inclusion during the interview process, in the workplace and when there is an emergency.


Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People With Disabilities

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Today, young people with disabilities expect to join the workforce and to be financially independent.1 Unfortunately, the vast majority of working age adults with disabilities still face structural and attitudinal barriers that block their access to steady employment and economic security. In order to fulfill the promise of the ADA – equal employment opportunity and full inclusion – we need to create new curb cuts and pathways for people with disabilities.


Working at the Intersections: LGBTQ Nonprofit Staff and the Racial Leadership Gap

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The Building Movement Project (BMP) conducted the Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race Survey in 2016 to understand why there are so few people of color leading nonprofit organizations compared to white people, and what strategies could be used to narrow the gap.


Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

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Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children. This article examines income inequality between blacks and whites and how it is driven entirely by what is happening among these boys and the men they become.


A Review of the Values That Underpin the Structure of an Education System and Its Approach to Disability and Inclusion

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The purpose of this paper is to understand the barriers that prevent an education system from guaranteeing an inclusive education for all and for children with learning difficulties and disabilities, in particular. It is suggested that societal values form the bedrock of an education system and this paper works to examine whether a correlation exists between the values underlying a society and its approach to inclusive education for children with learning difficulties and disabilities.