Improving Disability Employment Opportunities

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Lesson title

Improving Disability Employment Opportunities

Video title, link and release date

Improving Disability Employment Opportunities; September 3, 2012

Video length

Two minutes and thirty-six seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

On July 16th, a Senate committee released a report which calls for greater movement on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension predicted that disability employment will surge in the coming years.

Harkin also believes that President Obama’s goal of increasing the number of people with disabilities in the workforce by one million by 2015 will bring positive change.

The report also criticizes many federal programs, which were created at a time where most people with disabilities had no way of living independently or to participate in integrated employment.

Review Questions

1. Which social groups are referenced in the newscast as having experienced more acceptance in the workforce than people with disabilities?


2. Whose goal did Harkin cite? What was the goal specifically?


3. What did President Obama’s 2010 executive order call for?


4. Compared to the rest of the workplace, at what rate has disability hiring slowed?


Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information


The United States Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

The Huffington Post

The White House Office of the Press Secretary

Katie Smith is a Seattle University student studying Strategic Communication. Katie is an avid athlete and loves reading, hiking and exploring Seattle's restaurant scene.