Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 35,480 more people with disabilities in Florida gained employment. That total outpaces every other state in terms of job gains among people with disabilities. In large this is because today’s workforce system is better equipped to enable job seekers with barriers to employment to succeed, just like anyone else.
While an improving state economy has enable large number of Floridians with disabilities to enter the workforce, serious gaps remain. According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Florida only ranks 41st on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are over 1,255,268 working-age Floridians with disabilities and only 404,685 have jobs.