DE&I–diversity, equity, and inclusion–is a critical topic these days, particularly in the workplace where all people deserve a level playing field. Around the world, there are an estimated 1.3 billion people living with disabilities, and many in the rare community experience both visible and invisible disabilities. Sadly, people living with disabilities are often left out of the DE&I conversation and this must change!
As the infographic below illustrates, in the US, the unemployment rate for people with a disability is significantly higher than for those without, across all age groups and educational attainment groups.
In a recent online article for RARE Revolution Magazine, RPV’s Pam Cusick notes that it’s the right of people affected by disabilities to ask for and receive appropriate accommodations which will allow them an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of employment. For people with rare and chronic diseases, accommodations that may make an equitable working environment, salary, and benefits a reality can make a tremendous difference in their lives and the lives of their families.
The article can be read in its entirety here: https://rarerevolutionmagazine.com/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/