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Author: Grace Long

<h1>Rethinking Disabilities in the Workplace</h1><h6><i>Pandemic-Inspired Accomodations Benefit the Disability Community</i></h6>
National, National Policy

Rethinking Disabilities in the Workplace

Pandemic-Inspired Accomodations Benefit the Disability Community

art by Lila Johnson It’s no secret COVID-19 has disrupted labor markets around the world. Here in the United States, by early May 2020, over 36 million Americans had filed for unemployment benefits, a figure comparable to unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930s, according to the London School of Policy and Economics’ United States Centre. It is evident that most individuals in the workforce have been affected by the pandemic, with those in the disability community being particularly impacted. For example, as reported in a Syracuse University article, employment rates between March and April 2020 decreased by 18% among the general population, but by 24% among workers with disabilities. In times of crisis, marginalized and vulnerable populations are often the most advers...