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May 5, 2013

Fewer disabled people have jobs, study finds


Computers and work stations are already fairly accessible with keyboards that can be adjusted so people in wheelchairs can reach them and magnifying software for workers who are partially sighted. Smith said there also are many free, open source programs for people who need special computer adjustments.

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics said 92.5 percent of the people asked said their current government disability benefits did not discourage them from seeking employment, both Holbrook and Smith said the earning limits for Social Security caused a very real barrier to work, not just because of losing the money, but even more because of the risk of losing health insurance.

Reach Ann Belser at abelser@post-gazette.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.

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