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Opening the Door to Workers with Disabilities

October 2, 2007

Nashville , TN – Many people with disabilities are locked out of the nation's work force, victims of often-subtle discrimination, and advocates say that's a loss, both to employers and the U.S. economy.

October is "National Disability Employment Awareness Month," an effort to break down workplace barriers for people with disabilities. Christy Stewart, administrative manager of the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee says those barriers include hiring discrimination, lack of transportation, and inaccessible workplaces.

"Yes, they might need a different parking spot; they might need to make sure they can get in the door --but once they're at their desks, they will be more dedicated employees."

Congress is now considering a new focus on the issue, with the "Americans With Disabilities Restoration Act." Stewart says community awareness, support, and employer tax breaks all can help in changing attitudes about people with disabilities, who are looking for a chance to contribute to society.

"It's just a part of life and, by dealing with it in adaptive and progressive ways, we're moving forward. We're enriching the community."

Details of the Nashville disabilities awareness event coming up on October 4 are available online, at www.til-mt.org

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - TN