Characters Unite

characters welcome

Disabilities

PSA Transcript

While the story of the patient my character treated was fiction, the fact remains that many people with disabilities face discrimination and negative stereotypes when seeking jobs.

In fact, they’re far more likely to be unemployed or live in poverty than the general population.

People with disabilities are ready, willing and able to work. And we could all benefit from employing their talent, skills and perspective.

During this Characters Unite Month, learn how you can help promote equal opportunity. Go to charactersunite.com.

Take Action

The Facts

  • There are approximately 36 million people who have at least one disability, about 12 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • Over 16% of people with disabilities are unemployed, almost double the rate of unemployment among people without disabilities. Source: AAPD; US Census Bureau

Disabilities

An individual with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.*

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), landmark legislation passed in 1990 to bar discrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities, ensures that millions of people with disabilities work in virtually every field and every type of business, allowing for economic self-sufficiency and independence. However, myths and stereotypes about what people with disabilities can and cannot do continue to create barriers to equal employment opportunity.

*Go to ADA.gov or AAPD for broader definitions of disabilities.

Related Videos

Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins

From the Moth Storytelling Mainstage NY, Aimee has built a career as an athlete, model, actor and activist for women, sports, and the next generation of prosthetics.

Watch now »
Greg Walloch

Greg Walloch

From the Moth Storytelling Mainstage DC, solo performer Greg Walloch uses humor to expose cultural and social fault lines.

Watch now »