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Why Do We Make It so Hard for Disabled People to Go to College, Get a Job?

Although there have been great strides since the Americans with Disabilities Act was put in place 29 years ago, long-standing problems persist. One of them is the unemployment rate for disabled people, which “has pretty much stayed the same since World War II,” said Felicia Nurmsen, managing director of employer services at NOD.

Anna Landre was valedictorian at her high school in New Jersey and is currently a junior at Georgetown University with a 3.9 grade point average. She has already had an internship with a public relations agency in Washington, D.C., and has studied abroad.

She has spinal muscular atrophy type 2, a progressive muscle weakening that requires the use of a motorized wheelchair and the help of a personal care assistant, or PCA.

But when she graduates in two years, her Medicaid personal care assistance hours will be cut, and she faces the inability to live an independent life and get a job.

She’s working to fight that — not just for herself, but for everyone.

“I think there’s a misconception in general that all of us who need care, who need this kind of help, are taken care of and are always going to get it,”  Landre said.

That’s not the case.

For the full story: https://www.rewire.org/our-future/disabled-people-college/

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