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Does Government Policy, such as the ADA, really help the disabled find work?

This topic has become an interest to me personally and politically over the last several years. I’ve had CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth), a progressive neuropathic disease, and ESRD since birth, and the latter finally caught up when I was 12. At that point, after the medical issues are straightened out, after each setback, you try to get back to a normal life, as anyone who has gone through something life altering does, as quickly as possible. And being productive, I would assume, for most people is an important part of life, whether disabled or non-disabled.

 

A study done in 2004, by Jolls & Prescott,DISAGGREGATING EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION: THE CASE OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION, using a sample survey data  and laws from states which had some protections for disabled workers, through anti-discrimination laws, or similar to those of the ADA. The researchers suggest that the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), had a negligible value in a decrease in the employment of  disabled workers after the law was passed in 1990, and that certain parts of the law be modified instead of scrapping the whole ADA. The study goes on to ask if the previous studies which found the ADA decreased disabled employment might be due to the provisions employers must follow: reasonable workplace accommodations, and firing costs. Both of which can lead to costly upgrades, and modifications for hiring, and significant court and legal fees, even if an employee is fired legitimately.

 

So, if the ADA had a somewhat negligible decrease in the employment of those who are disabled, according to the 2004 study; then the policy more than likely isn’t having the desired increase in disabled employment.  A quick perusal of BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) employment data shows that government policy, like the ADA, rarely if ever has the desired effect on it’s intended benefactors.

 

Personally, I looked for full-time employment for 3 years in my field, and part-time in anything I was physically able to do, which I was very limited. Eventually, I used the vocational rehabilitation services for 2 years when I  wasn’t having any luck on my own. However, I was later told that someone with a 4  year degree is something they didn’t deal with at all. So, their best option was to have me fill out job applications…..Why didn’t I think of that!  Some of the interviewers I talked to as much said, ” You’re on SSID, right?Then, you’re already being taken care of.”  And I can understand the apprehension of hiring a disabled employee, there was as much apprehension in my mind as well, as to, whether I would be able to perform the jobs duties as expected. I also wasn’t going to sue a potential employer for “discrimination”, where does that get me, and I want to be employed because I have value to an employer. At that point, honestly, I kind of just gave up, and believed there wasn’t another option to obtain a job.

 

So, what could be other solutions for the disabled? Why not work from home doing what someone is able to do specific to one’s limitations. According the BLS 2016 data,  “Employed persons with a disability were more likely to be self-employed than those with no disability. (See table 4.)” PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY: LABOR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS — 2016.  Private corporations/business would employ disabled workers as well, for instance, Citi provide trainings specifically referring to consideration for persons with disabilities. Globally, Citi has five Persons with Disability Networks.      This is what, as I referred to above, are what state and federal agencies lack, resources to help people who really want to work and become productive individuals.  Government policy usually hinders innovation and productivity, and the ADA is no different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Liberty is the Mission.

Ben Stone announced his retirement from all public forums, except the occasional writing under an anonymous pseudonym. Bad Quaker

I can’t really remember how I found the Bad Quaker podcast,most likely listening to one of the other libertarian/anarchist podcasts,and heard him speaking, or Ben’s name being mentioned. That’s how it starts, you get a very small dose of libertarianism and the principles of it’s philosophy. Then… from there you want to find more from different perspectives hoping someone will disprove these “crazy” theories. The more I found, and dug deeper into the philosophy and read the arguments, the more I questioned everything I’d been taught.

Libertarians are some of the more knowledgeable pursuers of philosophy,history,and economics; of truth, freedom, and  liberty. Ben Stone was one of them, whether it was talking about Ludwig von Mises on praxeology, or Murray Rothbard on the stripped innards and grotesque lies of  the state and it’s history, Ben conveyed the message with his own voice; a calm and convicted resonance carrying the appeal to find the individual mind.

There are many of the liberty movement that have influenced my path to realizing the state is the antithesis of freedom, Ben was one of the first.

 

“This philosophy drives my life. When I close my eyes the last time, I will do so satisfied in this truth.”                                                                                          -Ben Stone

 

 

Willam S. Burroughs A Thanksgiving Prayer

“To John  Dillinger and hope he is still alive.
Thanksgiving Day November 28 1986”

Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shat out through wholesome
American guts.

Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and
danger.

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin’ lawmen,
feelin’ their notches.

For decent church-goin’ women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for “Kill a Queer for
Christ” stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody’s allowed to mind the
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories– all right let’s see
your arms!

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.