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Living With a Disability in America - and Trying to Earn a Living

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by karen leggett
2007-2-4

voice one:

welcome to this is america. i'm steve ember.

voice two:

and i'm faith lapidus. last month we began a series of reports on living with a disability in america. we started with education. today, in part two, we look at employment.

(sound)

voice one:

to go to work, you need a way to get there. around the nation's capital, many people take subway trains to their jobs.

federal law says public transportation systems in the united states must be accessible. what does that mean? it means that trains, buses and planes must be designed for use by people with physical disabilities.

in washington's metrorail system, for example, lights go on and off as a signal to those who cannot hear a train arriving. raised bumps on the ground serve as a warning to those who cannot see they are close to the edge of the platform.

and there are elevators in the station, so people in wheelchairs have a way to get from one level to another.

but in transit systems, like anyplace else, life is not always easy. things like broken elevators, or no elevator at all, only create more barriers for the disabled.

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