Job Hunting While Living with a Disability or Chronic Illness

According to the CDC, 61 million adults (or 1 in 4 adults) in the United States live with a disability. In addition, chronic diseases affect approximately 133 million Americans, representing more than 40% of the total population of the United States. In fact, the National Health Council states “more and more people are living with not just one chronic illness, such as diabetes, heart disease or depression, but with two or more conditions. Almost a third of the population is now living with multiple chronic conditions.” These numbers are expected to keep rising. The main criteria that determines if you quality as having a disability is whether you suffer from any sort of impairment that affects your life in a major way. A disability is officially defined as: A person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment (such as cancer in remission), or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment (such as a person who has scars from a severe burn). Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, some examples* of a disability include: Cancer Diabetes …

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