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Bright Outlook for Disabled Job Seekers

By Phil Curtis

January 2001

The employment picture for people with disabilities has never been better.

A flush economy (well, still pretty flush), changing attitudes and changes in both federal and state legislation have opened employment prospects for the disabled in ways that were unimaginable 10 or even three years ago.

That said, the statistics remain awful. Some experts say nearly 70 per cent of the disabled remain out of the workforce. Even President Clinton has said that more must be done before the disabled share in the general prosperity.

In the past year, the feds and the state enacted reform legislation to help in the effort. This laundry list of new laws and regulations may make it easier for disabled people to put some cash in their pockets, and even retain their benefits while they work.

If you need more information about how these changes affect you and your benefits, and you live in Los Angeles, you can attend AIDS Project Los Angeles' Work Services "Work It!" series. These monthly workshops cover the benefits, insurance and legal landscape, as well as the opportunities for financial aid if you need to go back to school or train for a new field.

APLA's Work Services also conducts a monthly Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) workshop. It gives you the chance to run a re-training or re-education plan by a Voc Rehab counselor, before you sign on the dotted line.

Mark Your Calendar

Many of the changes affecting people with disabilities are already in place, but some, described below, are due to take effect January 1, 2001.

People on disability who are working, looking for work, or just thinking about it need to know about these new regulations and opportunities, and changes that for 2001.

For more information, or to reserve space at the January workshops in Los Angeles, contact AIDS Project Los Angeles' Work Services at (323) 993-1659 or (323) 993-1616.

Phil Curtis manages AIDS Project Los Angeles' Work Services Program. He can be reached by e-mail at pcurtis@apla.org.


This article has been reprinted at The Body with the permission of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).




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