Free Webinar on Statistics of Disability

Parents, Grandparents, Guardians,

If you want to know how things are going in the world of disability in the US, this is your chance to get the latest and greatest of reports.  Cornell University has been in our corner for years, and after intensive research, surveys, etc., there is a new report on disability status coming out and you can get your copy.  This is their entire announcement.  Read on!
\\”Disability Status Report
Free Webinar  – Register now!

Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) will host a free online webinar on April 1 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT to present the findings of the 2012 Disability Status Report.  This presentation will explore the Census Bureau’s December 2013 release of data from the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) related to disability and employment, education, poverty, household income and labor earnings.

WHO: Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute
WHAT: Free Online Webinar on Disability Statistics
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
WHY: Cornell University researchers will present the latest information and issues associated with disability statistics and the circumstances that people with disabilities face.
WHERE: To register online for this free webinar, please go to: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/register/index.cfm?event=4794

Cornell research found that in 2012, 33.5 percent of working-age (21-64) people with disabilities were employed, compared with the 76.3 percent of people without disabilities. Moreover, researchers found that 28.4 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities lived in poverty, compared to 12.4 percent of those without disabilities. These dramatic discrepancies are longstanding and continue to separate Americans with disabilities from their peers without disabilities. The relevance of these statistics to the process of developing and maintaining policies that relate to people with disabilities in the United States cannot be overstated.

Event will be captioned for people with hearing impairments.

The Cornell University Disability Status Reports is produced and funded by the Employment and Disability Institute at the Cornell University ILR School. This effort originated as a product of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics (StatsRRTC) funded to the Employment and Disability Institute in the ILR School at Cornell University by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (grant No. H133B031111).”

Why should we be concerned with the statistics about disability?  Because our place, our child’s place, is within those numbers.  They help explain why things are as they are and sometimes they point the way to solutions.   We don’t like to know that our children face 76.3% risk of unemployment due to disability, but if we know that, we also know that we MUST advocate ferociously for schools to meet our children’s education and vocational needs.  The only “default” for adults with no employment skills is unemployment and poverty; statistics like these light our fire!

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