Individuals with disabilities can face challenges when it comes to employment. Recent statistics suggest that this may particularly be the case here in New York.

According to the organization RespectAbility, New York has seen small increases in its disability employment rate over the past couple of years. However, a recent report suggests that, despite this, the state’s rate remains comparatively low.

This report is the 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium. It contains a wide range of disability statistics on the 50 states. According to this report, the rate of employment among working age adults with disabilities in here in New York is 34.5 percent. This puts New York well in the bottom half of the U.S. when it comes to this measure. Specifically, its rate comes in at a rank of No. 38 in the nation.

How good of a job do you think New York does at providing good and welcoming work environments for individuals with disabilities? What do you think are the biggest challenges such individuals face here the state regarding employment? What would you most like to see the state do to try to increase its disability employment rate?

There are many difficulties disabled individuals can face when they have to leave the workforce due to their condition. This includes challenges in getting benefits to provide them with needed financial relief. For example, it is not uncommon for initial claims for Social Security disability benefits to be denied. Skilled disability lawyers can help benefits applicants overcome challenges and fight for the benefits they need to help stabilize their financial situation.