U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., joined U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and four of their Senate colleagues this week in helping to introduce legislation to make it easier for employers to hire and retain individuals with disabilities and make workplaces more accessible.
The Disability Employment Incentive Act will expand three existing tax credits: the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, the Disability Access Expenditures Tax Credit and the Architectural and Transportation Barrier Tax Credit.
“Our nation is stronger when everyone can fully participate in it, and that includes having the ability to find a good-paying job,” Duckworth said. “This legislation will expand job opportunities for people with disabilities and provide employers with greater access to talented employees with deep potential. I’m proud to be working with Senator Casey to help remove barriers that prevent those with disabilities from joining the workforce.”
While studies indicate that 60 to 80 percent of individuals with disabilities report they want to work, only 18.7 percent of people with disabilities are in the workforce according to a June 2018 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than a third of the rate at which people without disabilities participate in the workforce.
Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm when her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down over Iraq.