According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate for persons with a disability is 12.6% compared to total unemployment of 5.4%. False myths about people with disabilities often lead to their termination before other employees as is evidenced by the 1 million such employees that were let go since the pandemic began. Since March 2020, 1 in 5 workers with disabilities have been dismissed from employment, compared to 1 in 7 for other employees.
These figures represent a tragedy for employees and employers alike as employees with disabilities are demonstrably excellent and dedicated workers. They are also often in delicate situations outside of work for which the loss of a job can and often does spell disaster. Today’s guest is an advocate and disability expert with a lot to say on the subject. I am pleased to have with me Carolyn Cannistraro, Account Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo.