As an example, a recent research project for the National Council on Disabilities, entitled “The Power of Digital Inclusion: Technology’s Impact on Employment and Opportunities for People with Disabilities,” outlined the ongoing employment problems challenging people with disabilities and the promise that the networked economy and new digital media technology hold to transform the situation. Previous research into the employment challenges faced by people with disabilities had focused on the scarcity of job opportunities and the perceived competitive disadvantages that they face. Instead this report examined the social capital and networking needed to match job opportunities with job seekers. Researched and written by the Center for Advanced Communications Policy, the report also explored the transformative potential of specific technologies through user studies, interviews with industry and an overview of the challenges people with disabilities face in the employment market. The report concluded that the transition to a new networked economy has the potential to change the way the world of work operates and provide many more avenues for employment, especially for youth with disabilities.
For more information contact the principal author of the report, Dr. James White at CACP