Racial & Social Equity in Employment: Challenges and Solutions

No Real Racial & Social Equity On Government Jobs

The USDOL should extend the programs to all Federal, State, & Local Government Institutions and stop removing disabled employees (by closing departments to remove the disabled) and reopening the department once they are removed. That's what happened to me. Whatever the USDOL decides to do it should apply to them first.

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Expanding Data Collection

The Arc of the United States endorses the comments of the CCD Employment Task Force regarding the importance of data collection. As we seek to expand opportunities for competitive integrated employment, we must ensure that we are expanding opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) of all races. The Arc recommends that the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division collect demographic... more »

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Identifying Disparities

According to the American Community Survey, significant disparities exist in the employment outcomes of people who are blind or have low vision based on individual intersectional characteristics. For example, Black and Native American working-age people with vision loss are less likely to report being employed than White and Asian respondents (about 42% of B/LV Whites are employed compared to about 33% of B/LV Blacks).... more »

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Digital Accessibility in the Workplace

First and foremost, one of the largest barriers to blind and low vision citizens in all aspects of life is the lack of accessibility. On computers, people who are blind/low vision can function comparably with their sighted peers if the software and web have been built with accessibility in mind. Labeling buttons and form fields are critical to effective, equitable navigation and use of these essentials of modern life.... more »

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Focus on Closing Gaps in High School Graduation Rates for BIPOC

The pandemic has made clear that the nation must transform itself to advance racial justice and make equitable opportunities a reality. Achieving that reality must begin by improving educational outcomes for students of color with disabilities. In public schools across the nation, there are 6.5 million students with disabilities. Out of that number, fully 3.5 million are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students... more »

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Focus on Better Metrics to Improve Racial Equity in Employment

Our communities and our economy is at its best when all people, including people with disabilities, can earn an income and become independent, just like anyone else. Because anyone can join the disability community at any time due to illness, accident, or aging, people with disabilities share intersectional identities with other underrepresented communities and face similar systemic barriers.

However, too often, decision... more »

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Equity in Employment

Thank you to the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Women's Bureau for the opportunity to participate in this online dialogue and submit ideas on how the USDOL can promote racial and social equity in employment policies and programs for people with disabilities.

Didlake is a rehabilitation services organization that is creating opportunities... more »

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Look at the issues impacting Immigrants with Disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant economic crisis has deeply harmed and uniquely impacted minority communities across the country. As captured in an NPR report on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, "like African-Americans, Latinos are over-represented in essential jobs that increase their exposure to the virus."

The disability community is, by nature, intersectional. Immigration advocacy organization IMM... more »

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Close Technology Gaps in Underserved Communities

Beyond the well documented gap in employment opportunities, educational outcomes and family wealth, BIPOC communities across the United States face serious barriers in access to technology and with it, future access to the economy. A September 2020 report from Deutsche Bank found a "digital racial gap" and warned that "76% of Blacks and 62% of Hispanics could get shut out or be under-prepared for 86% of jobs in the US... more »

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Good Data Disaggregated by Race to Drive Commitments to Equity

Fundamentally, using good data is necessary to drive for improved and more equitable outcomes for the many underrepresented communities and intersectional identities contained within the broader disability community. Good data must capture not only disability status, but also be disaggregated by race. Our nation, our government, and our policies will never advance an equity agenda, unless decision makers can clearly see... more »

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Employment Barriers

I have a disability and I work for the Federal Government. In an endeavor to acquire reasonable accommodations for my disability I reached out to Human Resources. My experiences with the "HR" department have been poor at best. In spite of this, I am still hopeful that things will change for the better.

These ideas come from my experiences:

In order to create opportunities for disabled population, a very misunderstood... more »

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Benefits

Benefits are often earned through employment or marriage. This is a challenge for some who have a disability or disabilities: employment gaps and or unmarried. For example, the Social Security benefits earned when one was able to work may have expired before the disability or disabilities become known or they file for SSDI; therefore, they lack work credits. Some people have capacity and other issues that prevent them... more »

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Hold STEM GOCO facility managers accountable for unjust acts

Background: An e-mail was received by Hal on Friday, April 30, 2021, with subject of "Last Chance: USDOL's Advance Racial & Social Equity Online Dialogue Ending 5/3." Quoted from that e-mail's message: "Please join these participants in the conversation on how the department can promote equity in employment policies and programs for people with disabilities from historically undeserved communities, people with mental... more »

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Disability Rights California Comments

Service Disparities by Race and Non-English Speakers

There are agencies designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities, including school districts, vocational rehabilitation programs, and developmental disabilities service agencies. However, within each of these programs service disparities exist. For example, in 2018-2019 for children who received services from Department of Developmental Services (DDS), each... more »

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