Unemployment is on the rise, and it’s getting worse for those with disabilities.
From April to June of 2013, National Unemployment Rates climbed.
According to the All-Sup Disability Study: individuals with disabilities experienced an unemployment rate of nearly 90% higher than people with no disabilities.
Locally the numbers are also high, showing that nearly 68% of disabled people in the state are without a job, 70% nationally.
That’s why programs and assisted living centers in the state are pushing to help those struggling with the search.
Operations and Human Resource Manager for the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, Evan Korynta says fear plays a big part when it comes to those with disabilities searching for jobs.
“There’s just this stigma that they’re not as qualified as somebody else, said Korynta. They’re worried that they can’t do the same things and it’s really not true and that’s something we want to express to people so there’s very little that employers could do to make a place completely accessible and there’s agencies like our and others throughout the state that can help you.”
Korynta says the resource center has classes that show people how to set up a resume.
The agency also acts as a liaison between employers in order to help set up job opportunities.