Latino Immigrants with Disabilities: Challenges in Employment

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In 2000 the U.S. Census data showed that there is a significantly higher percentage of working-age latino immigrants in the United States who have a disability compared all other groups. This can be attributed to injuries in dangerous work environments and heavy manual labor including farm work; lack of access to medical care and insurance; complex health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes and obesity; and violence. This group faces a number of challenges when it comes to accessing social services including vocational rehabilitation and job placement. Speakers will address the barriers faced by this population and some innovative programs and services that are available to assist them.
 
Speakers
Brigida Hernandez Director of Research YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities
Jennifer Lin Perry Access Specialist