Workplace inaccessibility is keeping disabled people from jobs – ABC News

by | Jul 1, 2022 | Jobs

Melissa Gates, who is physically disabled and uses a cane or scooter to move around, was actively searching and applying for a federal job. It took her 20 years before she finally received a position as a secretary for NASA.She said she wanted the stability and the health care benefits that were likely to come from a government job. And she did everything she could to get one: applying to positions online, going through state-run disability organizations, even traveling for career fairs.“I would always travel down, standing on long lines, just to have them tell me to submit my resume on one of their sites, which I could have already done on my own,” Gates said. “That’s how my journey started.”She moved to Maryland from New Jersey in order to get help from the nonprofit disability employment organization Melwood, which provides employment, job training and skill development services to more than 2,000 disabled people each year.Though she said she was never outwardly discriminated against because of her disability, she wonders if it may have played a role in her job search.Melissa Gates is seen here in an undated file photo.Courtesy Melissa Gates“All the other avenues that I had tried to utilize to help me get this dream job of a federal career were unsuccessful,” Gates told ABC News. “Within six mo …

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