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We discuss some of the reasons Fable has found that people with disabilities aren’t getting jobs. The reasons include poor education, inaccessible tools, and government programs that aren’t helpful. Fable believes that the solution to these problems must involve people with disabilities themselves.
Every year around this time, Fable conducts our annual community survey. Its purpose is to help us keep our finger on the pulse of Fable’s community of people with disabilities, and on the wider assistive technology community. As May 20th is the 10th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’d like to take this opportunity to share what we’ve learned, about an issue that is on the mind of our community, and the industry.
This year, we’d like to talk about employment. At Fable, we believe that involving people with disabilities at every stage of your product lifecycle is critical to creating accessible, inclusive products that are better for everyone. We help companies begin doing that through our platform, and the many other services that we offer. Although, while it’s important to test and research products with people with disabilities, it’s also important to employ them.
“How many talented potential employees are overlooked because of disability? How many voices go unheard because they are not represented in a company’s staff? How many opportunities go undiscovered because a company doesn’t have any of these voices speaking internally? These aren’t new questions. They are questions that the disabled community has been struggling with for years.”
In this article, we’ll go over some of the reasons that employment can be a struggle for people with disabilities, look at some current stats from Fable’s community, and explore some of the ways around these barriers.
So, let’s dive in, and examine the first employment barrier highlighted by our community.