Why Your Next Uber Driver Might Be Deaf

Quartz – January 11, 2017

The rise of rideshare apps, as well as other gig-economy startups like Etsy, Airbnb, and others, are providing a whole new set of opportunities for people whose disability—hearing or otherwise—might make it challenging to find traditional employment. “Despite the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act, which protects federal employees, the employment rate of deaf and hard of hearing people is dismally low,” says Howard Rosenblum, chief executive officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

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