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Helping the Disabled Find Jobs

Dateline: 06/07/00

On May 31, the U.S. Social Security Administration officially launched The Work Site - a new Web site containing important information and support for disability beneficiaries, employers, service providers, advocates and others whose goal is to help persons with disabilities find and keep jobs.

Disabled persons face serious challenges in looking for work. Assistance programs are often complex and poorly coordinated, forcing individuals to piece together information and to develop work strategies on their own. Employers are often reluctant to hire the disabled, which can discourage them from looking for work. Young people with disabilities, especially those who are leaving school and preparing to work, face a particularly rough road.. The Work Site, a service of the Social Security Administration's Office of Employment Support Programs is designed to provide information to help these persons find good jobs.

With only about 5 percent of all Web sites designed to be accessible to the disabled, The Work Site is designed for easy use by people who are visually or hearing impaired, or have a limited range of motion and dexterity.

"The Social Security Administration is committed to bridging the Digital Divide for our beneficiaries with disabilities. We must all pool our information and resources to empower individuals with disabilities who want to contribute their talents to the workforce." -- William Halter, Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

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