Discrimination against disabilities still present in workforce

Published 07/21 2014 10:17PM

Updated 07/21 2014 10:44PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - This week marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.

It’s a law that aims to protect people with disabilities from discrimination in the workforce but ARISE, an agency helping them find employment, says it’s still present.

According to disabilitystatistics.org, 7 out of 10 people with disabilities are unemployed.

“If discrimination wasn't a factor anymore in employment we probably would see less and less people who seek support and we actually see an increase,” said Nina Lutz, Director of Independent Services at ARISE.

Lutz says it stems from fear the person won't be capable of performing the job. She says more awareness is needed for employers to be more accepting of people with disabilities.

Her agency helps train and coach the people with disabilities for their new jobs and when they're hired employers can also receive tax incentives from the government.

“They deserve to be an accepted member in the community and valued for what they bring,” said Lutz.

There are two celebrations/marches this week for the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act:

* July 24 at 9 a.m. - The Atrium,  201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse

* July 25 at 10 a.m. - Kallet Civic Center, 159 Main Street, Oneida

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