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The Untapped Workforce: 4 Stats That Prove Disability Education Brings a Bright Future

January 03, 2017

It’s been proven time and again how beneficial education can have on achieving your future  goals; especially, when it comes to your career. But what about for people with disabilities? It turns out there is a great number of statistics pointing to disability education as a valuable tool for boosting quality of life and work.

Here are four such stats proving disability education creates a brighter employment outlook for people with disabilities.

The graduation rate

Enhancing and expanding disability education has a lot of room for growth. In fact, the high school graduation rate among people with disabilities is about 20 percent lower than the national average. Putting a larger concerted effort on helping more people with disabilities earn a high school diploma, through programs like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), means more valuable and skilled members of the future workforce. The opportunity to improve and add on is there – the only way is up!

The graduate employment rate

Education has a huge effect on employment – there’s no doubt about that. The same goes for disability education. Employment rates among people with disabilities nearly doubles just by adding a high school diploma to the equation. Never mind the fact that a college degree, such as a bachelor’s degree, more than triples the employment rate. From diplomas to degrees, disability education is proven to vastly improve employment opportunities.

The academic performance

The environment in which a person with a disability is able to become educated can factor into future success, too. Numerous national studies have found that students in inclusive classrooms perform better on tests and grades, and adopt more positive classroom behaviors than those who are kept in separate schools or classrooms. Strong academic performance has a huge impact on future employment – success early on yields career success later on.

The pay rate

Academics have a large impact on future pay, as well. This goes for both people with and without disabilities. A person with a disability who has attained a high school diploma has an average wage of $22,966 per year, while someone with a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree earns $46,103 and $66,899, respectively. Making the time to encourage disability education can produce higher-quality careers and futures for a huge group of fellow citizens – it’s the right choice.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, National Center for Education Restructuring and Inclusion, American Institutes for Research

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