Recession Hits Harder for Americans with Disabilities

Despite great strides made in the wake of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the tight economy has fallen disproportionately hard on people with disabilities.
According to some estimates, people with disabilities are more than six times likely to have left the workforce as their able-bodied counterparts. As of June 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that less than one third of people with disabilities held jobs in the labor force. This means that just 4 million out of a total 15.3 million Americans with disabilities were working.
The situation has drawn the attention of a number of political leaders, including Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), who urged fellow lawmakers to recognize the impact of the recession on Americans with disabilities.
About Susana Lorenzo-Giguere: A veteran attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Susan Lorenzo- Giguere currently serves in the Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section.


About Susana Lorenzo-Giguere
An attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, she has participated in a number of cases regarding rights of individuals with disabilities. She holds membership in the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She has also conducted election related work in Romania, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cambodia.