I am 50 years old, disabled and recently graduated from university. Why can’t I get a job?

I started my job search 6 months before graduation so I could start working quickly.  So far it hasn't worked.

Throughout my job search, there were hundreds if not thousands of applicants for job openings in Tucson.

I am 50 years old, I have been disabled since 2003 and I have no recent professional experience. Apparently, three strikes and I find myself with a meaningful and paying job in Arizona.

By paid employment, I mean employment that actually pays an hourly or salaried wage in Arizona. Bots that search for resumes don’t give a full account of people with disabilities. HR reps need to take the time to dig a little deeper when it comes to the workforce with disabilities.

Think about these statistics.

From the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council in 2019:

  • 72.7% of working-age adults in Arizona are employed.
  • 26.3% of Arizona working-age adults with cognitive disabilities are employed.
  • 15.8% of individuals in Arizona have a household income below the poverty level.
  • 28.3% of Arizona people with cognitive disabilities have a household income below the poverty level.

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