Opinion: Labor Day Suggestions to Increase Access to Work for People with Disabilities

This Labor Day it is a time to recognize both the contributions of those who currently work and to reflect on the barriers to employment that many face, as well as the importance of proper working conditions, wages, and benefits. 

On September 6, Americans will celebrate our annual commemoration of Labor Day with traditional parades and barbecues. Labor Day is a yearly acknowledgement of the American worker which has been observed nationally since 1894. For people with disabilities, the struggle for employment is not new, but it has become more difficult due to the pandemic. In 2020, 17.9% of people with disabilities were employed, which is down from 19.3% in 2019. These figures are much lower than the rate of employment for people without disabilities which was 61.8% in 2020 and 66.3% in 2019.


What’s Open, What’s Closed in Jamaica Plain on Labor Day

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Labor Day is the traditional celebration of the "end" of summer (though it doesn't really end until late on Sept. 22). Here's what's open and closed in JP. Schools: Closed
City, State and National Government Offices: Closed
Trash and Recycling: Pick-up is delayed one day unless you're in the small part of JP that has pick-ups twice a week. Subway and buses: Operating on a Sunday schedule
Parking meters: Mostly, JP doesn't have meters.