Only 21 percent of all working-age disabled people are employed, compared with 59 percent of people without disabilities, according to a 2010 survey conducted by the National Organization on Disability in conjunction with the Kessler Foundation. Nearly half of people with disabilities (43 percent) reported they have experienced some form of job discrimination in their lifetimes. People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be living in poverty than people without disabilities, and are significantly less likely to socialize with friends, relatives, or neighbors.
Strikingly, the survey reveals that 61 percent of disabled people believe that the Americans With Disabilities Act has made no difference in their lives."
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