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The Glass Ceiling and Persons With Disabilities The Glass Ceiling and Persons With Disabilities

David Braddock
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United States Glass Ceiling Commission

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Employment and disability: Trends and issues for the 1990s, pp. 31-34.
Alexandria, VA: National Rehabilitation Association.

This paper considered enterprise development programs as an effective way to increase
employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The author identified four areas
to consider for an enterprise development initiative. A primary consideration would be
the sources of capital to finance business operations. A second consideration would
involve the ability to obtain the technical assistance necessary to provide training and
assistance. A third consideration would be the use of small business incubators to
organize technical assistance and to provide a supportive environment for business
startups. A fourth consideration would be the possibility of organizing the previous
components within a Community Development Corporation.

7. Vorce-Tish, H. (1992). Turning on their job power: Professionals use the latest
computer technology to step out front. Careers and the Disabled, 8(2), 50-53.

This article described Computer Technologies Program, Inc. (CTP), an information
technologies training organization which enabled people with disabilities to gain
competitive employment. This intensive nine to ten month program was equivalent to a
two-year Associate of Arts degree. The program included a 6-week internship with a Bay
Area company in which students gain experience and managers are provided a no-risk
opportunity to evaluate the performance and compatibility of prospective employees.
Many of these employers have offered their interns permanent employment. The CTP is
backed by a large, active committee of people from the business world who employ
programmers. The California Department of Rehabilitation has contributed the major
portion of program funding. The instructors in this program have been executives and
data processing personnel from more than 60 Bay Area companies who have either
volunteered to teach or to serve as curriculum consultants.

8. Zola, I.K. (1989). Toward the necessary universalizing of a disability policy. The
Milbank Quarterly, 67, 401-428.

The author challenged us to demystify the concept of disability by acknowledging its
universality and changing nature. According to Zola, the perpetuation of a segregated,
separate, but unequal class of citizens must be halted, and disability must be seen in the
wider context of the work force. Public perspectives must move away from the worker
and, instead, to the work place and the nature of the work. The author proposed a
universal policy toward disability which will serve not only disabled persons but the
interests of the entire society. The policy recognized each person's uniqueness while still
acknowledging people’s interdependence. Zola's policy would promulgate a concept of
special needs which is not based on breaking the rules of order for the few, but on
designing a flexible, coexistent environment for the many.

B. Assistive Technology Applications

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