There are several barriers impeding Americans with a disability from the dignity of work, but the economy is not one of them. There are more than 7 million job openings in America today. Unemployment is at near record-lows. The modern economy has made the American Dream more diverse and accessible than ever before.
Yet despite these factors, Americans with disabilities face significant barriers to work—even when their limitations shouldn’t be barriers to working. Only 19 percent of Americans with a disability are employed.
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris thinks more government is the solution. Last week, she announced a plan to promote equal access for people with disabilities that would include Medicare for All and federal spending increases.