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Job searches are stressful for everyone, but they can be especially challenging for people with disabilities. According to the US Department of Labor,1 the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains more than twice as high as for people without disabilities. People with disabilities encounter obstacles at every stage of their career, from obtaining education and credentials to navigating the job search process to thriving within a job. To encourage building a workforce inclusive of people of all abilities, the SAA Accessibility and Disability Section crowdsourced the following ideas on the prompt: “What should search committees be aware of when filling a position in terms of accessibility and disability inclusion?”


Additional contributors: Jessica Chapel, Alison Clemens, Michelle Ganz, Lindy Smith, Lauren White, and Sara White.


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