• Three times as many Americans who have disabilities (26 percent versus 9 percent) live in poverty (with an annual household income of less than $15,000).
• They're twice as likely to drop out of high school (21 percent versus 10 percent).
• They're twice as likely to have inadequate transportation (31 percent versus 13 percent).
• More than twice as many persons with disability go without necessary healthcare (18 percent versus 7 percent).
• Considering the previously mentioned statistics, it's not surprising that life satisfaction for people with disabilities is also significantly lower. Only 34 percent say they're very satisfied compared to 61 percent of those without disabilities.
• With the ubiquitous availability of computers and communication, nowadays many employers allow, and even encourage, working from home. Many information technology jobs can be done remotely and don't require constant presence at the workplace.
• A large number of information technology and computing jobs can be performed despite certain physical disabilities. The cost of accommodations for such jobs is none or minimal.
• People with disabilities possess valuable problem-solving skills because they're experts in finding creative ways to perform tasks others might take for granted.