In 2010, Obama pledged to bring 100,000 new disabled workers to the workforce. As of July 2012, the actual number of new abilities with disabilities since Obama’s pledge is only 20,000.
Last month, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 13.3 percent, compared to 8.2 percent for the general population, making this group of people an untouched talent pool.
In efforts to improve their employment opportunities, the government is soliciting a number of grants including $1.1 million for a government-run center to help disabled youth find jobs, $950,000 for a workplace technology center, and $1.1 million for a technical assistance center.
These efforts are an attempt to mend the gap between disabled workers who have skills to contribute, and employers who need these skills but may not realize the great potential in these workers.