How American Offices Fail People With Disabilities

May 10, 2017

A man with cerebral palsy talks about the realities of his work life

by Rebecca Greenfield and Francesca Levy

We're used to seeing accessible bathrooms and wheelchair ramps at the office, thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act. But in many ways, employers still don't go far enough to accommodate people with disabilities. The unemployment rate is two times higher for disabled people than the general population. Those who do find work get paid less, making 63 cents on the dollar, on average. And, of course, there's workplace bias. 

Francesca and Rebecca talk to Gideon Goldberg, a software developer at The Guardian with cerebral palsy about what it's like to work with a disability. He talks about all the small things he has to consider in his working life that most people don't. Like: How his limited spacial awareness makes navigating to job interviews slightly more difficult. But, thanks to accommodations he's entitled to by law in his native U.K., he doesn't have to worry too much about doing his job.