The Economics of Disability


Roughly one in five Americans has a disability. Those numbers increase with age and vary across race and gender. And every single one of those people is carving out an economic life. American Public Media's Marketplace Weekend with Lizzie O'Leary produced a one-hour special that covered how people with disabilities access the economy, with a focus on education, workplace, and healthcare.

 [Image description: A rower from Seize the Oar is setting up to practice on Lake Washington in Renton, Washington. She is wearing black tights and a lime green top. She is wearing dark rimmed glasses, and her hair is in a ponytail, tucked inside of the green and black baseball cap. She has multiple tattoos across both of her arms and has small gauges in her ears. She is slightly smiling as she puts on the boat’s safety straps.] - Courtesy of Teal Sherer/Seize the Oar
I was in a car accident and had a spinal cord injury, and so I’m basically paralyzed from the hips down. It takes a while to kind of get comfortable in your own skin again, and your body works differently. And I went through a period of time where I felt ashamed of my disability, and I felt embarrassed.
— Teal Sherer

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