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At ADA anniversary, disabled workers still struggle more with unemployment

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Published: Saturday, July 28 2012 8:33 a.m. MDT

Former President George H.W. Bush stands with Lex Frieden, chairperson of the National Council on Disability, during a reception and presentation ceremony of the George Bush Medal for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities, Monday, July 25, 2005 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Twenty-two years after George H.W. Bush signed the American Disability Act into law, questions remain on whether the law prevents hiring discrimination of disabled workers.

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Our take: Twenty-two years after George H.W. Bush signed the American Disability Act into law, questions remain on whether the law prevents hiring discrimination of disabled workers. Judy Woodruff talks to U.S. Business Leadership Network's Jill Houghton and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) about efforts to employ more disabled people.

Now, unemployment as it affects people with disabilities.

That was the subject of much attention today on the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. During the recession, disabled workers were hit five times as hard as other workers when it came to losing their jobs. People with disabilities have also had more trouble finding new jobs during the recovery.

Now there's a new push from some leaders in politics and business to fight those trends, including by the new chairman of the National Governors Association, Delaware's Jack Markell, who says he plans to make this his signature issue.

Read more about Disabled workers still struggle more with unemployment on PBS Newshour.

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