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ada logoWhen I first started applying for jobs, I sent out several hundreds of resumes and then went on 100 interviews. That means that I was rejected from job opportunities that I was qualified for...100 times. As a little person walking into each new interview room, I was approach with fear which prevented me from opportunity. Ever since that tough time in my life, I've tried to encourage employers to create a more inclusive work environment, which starts with an ADA compliant interview process. 

It's been 27 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Applicants, as well as employees, are entitled to reasonable accommodation(s). For example, an employer may be required to provide a sign language interpreter during a job interview for an applicant who is deaf or hard of hearing. Once hired, many workers with disabilities do not require accommodations. Among those who do, 15% cost the employer nothing. More than 50% of workplace modifications cost $500 or less, 12% cost from $501 to $1,000, and only 22% exceed $1,000. The ADA requires that the employer provide the accommodation unless to do so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business. Educate your colleagues about the ADA by sharing this link: https://adata.org/factsheet/ADA-overview. ;

We need to continue to educate employers that if we're given a chance to participate on a level playing field, the disability community has a lot to offer the workforce. I encourage you to educate employers about the importance of creating a more ADA compliant workplace for people like you and me. 

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