on jobs and not getting them

Sat, 4 Jun 1994 12:11:05 EST

I resonate with John O"Brien's pain and anger at the unfairness of the job
market for anthropologists. You know, people are concerned about a
seven-percent unemployment rate, but for people with disabilities such as
myself, you need to add a zero. For people with disabilities of employable
age--from 16-64, there is a SEVENTY-PERCENT unemploiyment rate. This figure
also holds true for blind people as a group, according to both the National
Federation of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind. I am a
member of that group. I wanted to alert the list to this grim statistic and
urge universities, when they hire under so-called "underrepresented faculty
initiatives" to include folks with disabilities among the underrepresented
population. That seventy-percent unemployment rate is appalling, and is far
worse than any inner-city statistic I've seen.

In hopes of jobs for all
Marge Steiner