The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a person with a disability as “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.” Nearly one in five, or 56.7 million, people have a disability in the United States. This makes them the largest minority group in America. And while they are great in numbers, their ability to find and keep meaningful employment is rare for the majority of them.
The facts speak loudly of their challenge.
Did you know that the employment rate for people with disabilities was just 19.1% in 2018. Of those with a job, 31% worked part-time compared to 17% of workers without a disability.
Employment rates among prime-aged adults with disabilities in the 100 largest metropolitan areas range from 28 percent to 60 percent. Workers and would-be workers with disabilities fare better in places where higher shares of the overall working-age population are employed. Such places include Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colo.; Austin, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; and Boise, Idaho.
But even in cities with high employment rates among people with disabilities, the gap between abled and disabled workers is huge, anywhere from 20 to 35 percentage points. For example, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the employment rate among adults with disabilities is 51 percent, compared to 87 percent among all adults. In fact, the highest employment rate among people with disabilities (60 percent in Madison, Wis.) is still below the rate for all working-age adults in Bakersfield, Calif. (70 percent), the region with the lowest employment rate among the 100 largest metro areas.
Inner Lighting is aware of this chronic problem and is committed to making an impact.
The Company has formed a disabled workforce aptly named LumaCorps. Inner Lighting along with Opportunity Partners to employ a team of disabled workers to test and package the Company’s LumaCross Christian LED light bulb. As Inner Lighting brings new products to market, the Company will incorporate those products to the LumaCorps mission.