Disability Employment Services

By: Disability Community Resource Center

Inclusive Innovation

According to the a recent survey by the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 8.0 percent in 2018, more than twice the rate of those with no disability (3.7 percent). In this context, unemployed persons are those who did not have a job, were available for work, and were actively looking for a job in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. 


Though the unemployment rates for both persons with and without a disability were lower in 2018 than in the prior year, for persons with a disability, Blacks (11.2 percent) and Hispanics (9.8 percent) had higher unemployment rates than Whites (7.3 percent), and Asians (7.1 percent).


Among people ages 16 to 64, employment-population ratios rose for both persons with a disability (30.4 percent) and persons without a disability (74.0 percent) in 2018.


Adding to this dilemma, persons with a disability are less likely to have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher than those with no disability. Among both groups, those who had attained higher levels of education were more likely to be employed than those who had attained less education. Across all levels of education in 2018, persons with a disability were much less likely to be employed than were their counterparts with no disability. (Educational attainment data are presented for those age 25 and older.)

The Fox Family Foundation awarded the Disability Community Resource Center (DCRC) with a grant to support its Disability Employment Services program. 

The mission of DCRC is to eliminate the economic, social, attitudinal and environmental barriers people with disabilities face in their daily lives. We seek to promote self-reliance as a way to change policies that create obstacles to inclusion.

One of the ways they achieve this is by employing people with disabilities at all levels and supporting our members in maintaining self-directed and community-based independent lives. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of our members have incomes below the poverty line. Their programs includes:

  • benefits assistance
  • assistive technology
  • job placement and employment training
  • mental health peer support
  • independent living skills development
  • personal assistance services
  • information and referral
  • home access program
  • computer training 
  • systems change advocacy

As a result of a grant from the Fox Family Foundation, DCRC assisted 57 members in job development. 

Participants Served by Disability:

  • Mental Illness 33 47.83%
  • Physical Disability 29 42.03%
  • Hearing Impaired 3 4.35%
  • Autism 3 4.35%
  • Learning Disability 16 23.19%
  • Visual Impairment 33 47.83%
  • The Disability Community Resource Center (DCRC) is a Center for Independent Living dedicated to supporting the equality of life for people with all kinds of disabilities. The goal of our peer-led programs and services is the elimination of economic, social, attitudinal and environmental barriers people with disabilities face in their daily lives.