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The employment disparity also is far less pronounced among those who graduate from college. One study that looked only at college graduates with learning disabilities reported that of the 500 participants, 75% were employed full-time and the unemployment rate among this group was in fact slightly better than the national rate.22 However, while nearly three-fourths of the study’s participants indicated that their learning disabilities impacted their job in some way, less than 10% requested accommodations. Some respondents who did not self-disclose indicated there was no need to do so, while others said they did not self-disclose out of fear of negative impact on relationships with coworkers, supervisors, or clients.

Other studies also show a reluctance to disclose disabilities and seek out accommodations. According to NLTS2, just 19% of young adults with learning disabilities reported that their employers were aware of their disability, and only 5% reported that they were receiving accommodations in the workplace.23 Fear of stigma is likely a contributing factor. But so is lack of awareness about job accommodations. More research is needed to expand on small-scale studies that found over two-thirds of adults with learning disabilities had either never heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or did not feel confident enough to use it to secure needed accommodations.24

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