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Guelph study finds graduates with disabilities have more difficulty finding employment, face wage gap

Canadian university graduates with disabilities have both a greater difficulty finding employment than their peers and face a wage gap, according to a new study. “There’s a gap of approximately $4,000 between graduates with and without disabilities, and that’s just two years after graduation,” said University of Guelph Professor of Sociology and Anthropology David Walters, one of the study’s authors. He later added that “the even bigger challenge is in finding full-time employment. The unemployment rate for graduates with a disability is twice as high as for those without one.” Liberal arts, business, and engineering graduates with self-disclosed disabilities had a greater difficulty in finding employment than those in the sciences and health care.

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