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Dory Devlin - January 2016
A study with more than 6,000 fictitious cover letters reveals employers are less likely to interview qualified applicants who disclose disabilities. The study, conducted by Rutgers University, found that employers expressed interest 26% less often in candidates who disclosed disabilities in cover letters.
A research team member, Lisa Schur, noted "people with disabilities are often told to get an education, get the qualifications needed for jobs...our findings indicate that that's not enough. The gap is greater for people with disabilities who have more education, experiences, and qualifications."
Though the employment gap has not narrowed since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, this study did find that the law appears to be having a positive affect on medium and large companies that must adhere to it.
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Original source: www.futurity.org