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June 13, 2007

Stunning Fact of the Day

Now as we know, there are disabilities and disabilities. Some will limit certain job options (lacking a limb or two will limit the options as a professional footballer for example) and leave most of the world wide open (lack of said limbs doesn't preclude one from office jobs, for example) and for many disabilities a change in the environment is sufficient (relatively minor alterations to a car can make it simple for someone lacking a limb or two to drive for example).

There are also other disabilities (being blind deaf and dumb, again, just as an example) where there's really not all that much that can be done to offer the individual a job.

(As a side note I recall that Dragon, the dictation software that many now use, started out in the 80s as a method for those too disabled to use a keyboard to be able to use a computer.)

But with this mixture of all sorts of things being lumped together under "disability", we really wouldn't be all that surprised to find that the rate of participation in the labour force was lower for those cruelly afflicted now, would we?

Well, apparently we are supposed to be:

We have not yet reached a stage where disabled people are treated equally either in attaining a job or keeping a job. Only 50% of disabled people are in work, compared to 86% of non-disabled; and the former are three times less likely to have a recognised qualification than the latter.

There's never going to be the sort of equality demanded here: you see, these people are disabled.

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Frothing PC loons appearing in Comments to castigate you for using the term 'deaf and dumb' (and even 'disabled'!)in 5...4...3...2...

Posted by: JuliaM | Jun 13, 2007 10:40:06 AM

The limbless will learn not to come running here for help.

Posted by: gene berman | Jun 13, 2007 10:58:04 AM