There are plenty of people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who can function fairly well in the workplace -- although some need reasonable accommodations to better manage their neurodivergent condition at work.
When you have a disability -- whether visible or not -- you become consciously aware of just how much "ableism" there is around you.
Mental health issues are very common. However, many people still don't realize that their mental health conditions are entitled to the same workplace protections that physical disabilities are accorded through the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also published information to help spread awareness of the rights of mentally ill employees.
"Ableism" is a form of disability discrimination -- but it's so culturally ingrained that it's often hard to combat. Ableism is anything that devalues someone based on their disability -- whether that disability is visible or not.
A disability can strike anyone, at any age. In fact, it's estimated that around 40 million Americans struggle with some form of mental or physical disability. Many of those people are working despite their impairments -- but they don't always have an easy time finding acceptance in the workforce.
People with disabilities enjoy certain workplace protections -- but is obesity really a disability in California?
Some disabilities are obvious to the world -- while others are very much "hidden" conditions that observers can't automatically discern just by looking at someone.
Is it illegal for an employer to fire you while you're sidelined from the job due to an illness or injury?
Many people with learning disabilities are able to find meaningful work and contribute to society and to the workplace. The opportunities that those with learning disabilities are able to receive are in part due to legal protections and support that comes with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A diabetic man who previously worked as an assistant manager in a large foodservice chain has accused his former employer of disability discrimination based on his chronic condition. His lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that his employer refused to make reasonable accommodation and later fired him in retaliation.