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N.S. grads with disabilities find jobs at same rate as other grads

Average salaries are also about the same as those who are not disabled

A Nova Scotia government survey has found that college and university graduates with disabilities are finding jobs at a rate equal to their peers who are not disabled. The provincial study was conducted last year and looked at 259 former students from the 2005-06 academic year.

The Education Department says 81 per cent of graduates with disabilities were working and another seven per cent were about to start a job.

The total, 88 per cent, is about the same as the 89 per cent of people between 25 and 49 years old with post-secondary education who were employed.

The students who were surveyed had attended the Nova Scotia Community College or a university in Nova Scotia – 195 had graduated while 64 withdrew before graduating.

The survey also found the salaries of graduates with disabilities are about the same as those who are not disabled.

– The Canadian Press

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