by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Originally published: November 17, 2017
A new study from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) found that, according to the 2015 US government's definition of disability, 30 percent of professionals have a disability. Fully a third of Millennial professionals have a disability--a higher rate than Boomers or Gen-Xers. The data is based on a nationally representative survey of 3,570 white-collar, college-educated employees.
Two phenomena contribute to the high number of Millennials with disabilities.
First, Millennials are the first generation whose education largely began after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Thanks to ADA-mandated support and accessibility in schools and in their communities, more people with disabilities are completing college than ever before.