Created by: Haily Davis
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The issue I wanted to highlight in this infographic is discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace. This form of discrimination may include unnecessary and exclusionary job requirements, paying disabled employees less than their able-bodied coworkers, or refusing to make reasonable accommodations, among other things. I hope that this infographic gives others insight into the challenges disabled people face in the workplace and encourages the viewers to show support for disability activists seeking to end workplace discrimination.
On the first page of the infographic, I cited statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the United States Census Bureau. I chose to incorporate these statistics to demonstrate the differences in inclusion, pay and income, and employment opportunity between disabled and able-bodied persons in the workforce. On the second page of the infographic, I cited seven key events in the timeline of Disability Employment Policies listed by the U.S. Department of Labor, beginning with the Americans with Disabilities Act in July of 1990 and ending with the implementation of Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in January of 2017. I incorporated this information to share what steps the U.S. government has taken over the past thirty-one years to improve the treatment of disabled people within the workforce, and to help the viewers understand exactly how recently the ADA came into existence. After the final event in the timeline, I pose the question: “What’s next?” For me, this question is significant because I have witnessed acts of discrimination toward my dad, who uses a wheelchair, and I know that there is still a long way to go before people with disabilities are treated equally to people without disabilities.
Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics Summary. (2021, February 24). U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/disabl.nr0.htm.
Kaye, H., Jans, L., & Jones, E. Why don't employers hire and retain workers with disabilities?. (2011, March 13). Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217147/.
Employment of Workers with Disabilities. (n.d.). U.S. Department of Labor Seal. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/workers-with-disabilities.
Do People With Disabilities Earn Equal Pay?. (2020, August 17). The United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/03/do-people-with-disabilities-earn-equal-pay.html.
Disability & Employment: A Timeline. (n.d.). U.S. Department of Labor. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/ada30/timeline.