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Study: Most disabled Americans want to work

Contrary to popular belief, most people who are on Social Security disability benefits do want to work, according to a national employment survey.

The survey is set to be release later this week by the Kessler Foundation and should come as a surprise people who wrongly believe that people who collect disability benefits voluntarily choose not to work.

The survey is one of the first to explore not only the obstacles that prevent disabled Americans from finding and maintaining jobs, but also how many people have been able to overcome those obstacles. 

Interestingly, out of the 3,000 people who were interviewed for the survey, a mere 6 percent said that they have never worked. Additionally, just below 43 percent said that they were currently working, 17 percent said that they had worked since becoming disabled and 9 percent said that they are looking for work.

The survey results show “how active people with disabilities are in the labor market,” said the director of research at the University of New Hampshire Institute of Disability, which oversaw the study. “It’s not just about sitting back and taking benefits,” he said.

Ultimately, it was concluded that 68 percent of disabled Americans are “striving to work.” You can read more about the study’s findings from The Detroit News here.

If you are someone who is receiving disability benefits but would like to ease back into the workforce, consider meeting with an experienced disability lawyer in your area who can make sure that you are able to do so with a safety net in place.

As everyone knows, disability benefits can be very difficult to secure, so it is no wonder that people are reluctant to jump back into the workforce before they know they will be successful.

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