According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of people with disabilities employed has steadily risen since 2017.

This is especially true for college graduates, who have a higher rate of getting jobs in fields such as management, office, administrative, and education.

Programs and websites like are connecting people with disabilities to prospective employers.

Local universities are trying to make the connections happen as well. At Edinboro University many of the students with disabilities are getting into advocacy work, social work and vocational rehabilitation to help others.

They’ve also developed an additional website to connect students with opportunities and topics like whether or not to disclose one’s disability on a resume.

The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is higher than for those without disabilities. However, there are a greater proportion of people with disabilities who work for the federal government or are self-employed, than people without disabilities.