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Medical Assisting Career Options for those with a Disability

"Having a disability should not be a barrier to training to become a medical assistant. Discrimination against people with disabilities is prohibited in federal law by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities only approximately 20% of Americans with a disability are employed in the traditional workforce and that the unemployment rate among disabled people in 12.9%, but of those that are employed, a large percentage work in the healthcare industry.

Partly because of the aging population and associated increase in healthcare needs, the number of jobs in the healthcare industry has grown rapidly over the last decade. As a result, many new medical assisting jobs are expected to be created over the coming years in doctors’ offices and other medical facilities offering patient care, which could be performed by people with disabilities."

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