People with Disabilities
In 2002, 21 percent of the U.S. population age 15 and over reported having a disability. And as the workforce ages, a growing number of workers will be faced with a chronic or other medical condition that can result in temporary or permanent disability.
People with disabilities want to work. A majority of those with disabilities who are unemployed would prefer to be working, and many who are working part-time would prefer to be working full-time. But there is a serious lack of meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities. As a result, they are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as individuals without disabilities.
Access to workplace flexibility can make it possible for many people with disabilities to maintain meaningful employment.