Friday, August 30, 2019 5:05 a.m. CDT

By Barbara Goldberg

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (Reuters) – Megan Helsel, a kayaking wildlife specialist, has her dream job, and T’angelo Magee is making headway toward his, a commercial pilot. Both say work is central to their identity. Both are disabled.

Americans with disabilities, physical and cognitive, in recent months have been joining the workforce at a faster pace than those without disabilities, according to data collected by organizations that work with the disabled.

Labor Day on Sept. 2 may be the first time the disabled regain an employment rate that was upended by the 2008 Great Recession.

The gains are the result of both technological advances and workplace flexibility that lessens commuting barriers, according to experts on disabled

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