The Complex Nature of Disability Stigma in Employment: Impact on Access and Opportunity

  • Rebecca S. Dalgin
Part of the Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma book series (PAEWS)


In the United States, individuals with disabilities make up almost one-fifth of the American population, but they are unemployed at a rate that is twice that of people without disabilities (Erickson et al., Disability statistics from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Yang Tan Institute (YTI), 2016). There are multiple interacting factors that result in significant barriers to employment and many of them are related to disability stigma and resulting disparate behavior. This chapter will examine the complexity of disability stigma in employment by exploring it from the micro (individual), mesa (employers), and meta (society) levels. It is at the intersection of these levels where strategies can lead to a reduction of barriers in organizational access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities.


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  • Rebecca S. Dalgin
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  1. 1.University of ScrantonScrantonUSA

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