October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which recognizes the incredible contributions of workers with disabilities to individual organizations and the larger U.S. economy. In 2015, an estimated 19% of undergraduates in the United States reported having a disability. The Department of Education estimates that 41% of those students will go on to graduate (compared to 52% of students who reported not having a disability). And when you consider the unemployment rate for adults with disabilities is 50% higher than the rate for those without, it highlights the importance of academic and professional support.
Medical and health careers are some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying available today, and people with disabilities often have special skills and personal experiences that would benefit patients in a number of healthcare settings.
EduMed has compiled a healthcare career guide for students with disabilities, which may be helpful for students looking for rewarding careers in healthcare that could be a good match for their specific disability. The guide also explores how to overcome common challenges in school and the workplace as well as their legal rights under the ADA.