HuffPost Article



In the article, “Disabled Individuals Bring Innovation to the Workforce” by Jay Ruderman, it discusses the positive effects of disabled people in the workforce. Unfortunately, “the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is twice the national average” (Ruderman, 2013), which really sucks because disabled have a lot to offer. Where would we be if Beethoven stopped composing music after he became deaf? Or if Roosevelt wasn’t elected to be the President of the United States? Also, because of the difficulties they’ve had to face in their daily routines, “they know how to think out-of-the-box” (Ruderman, 2013).

The U.S. Department of Education has released studies that said “workers with disabilities are rated consistently as average or above average in performance, quality and quantity of work, flexibility, and attendance” (Ruderman, 2013). There also needs to be more disabled people in the workforce because the disabled population has increased by 25% and they need to make a living somehow. People with disabilities may look different than us, talk different than us, and even perform tasks different than us but just because they’re different doesn’t mean that they should be thought of any less than people without disabilities.


Discussion Questions:

  1. Is there a mostly positive environment for disabled workers?
  2. Will a negative environment affect their performance/the willingness to hire them?