• Changes in functional requirements

    • More automated mfg. technology (AMT) used

    • AMT changes functional requirements of jobs

  • Higher wages

    • In 2006, the average labor earnings of working-age people with disabilities who worked full-time/full-year in the US was $30,000 (Disability Status reports, 2006)

    • Based on standard 40 hour work week, this averages out to $14.42/hour for workers with disabilities

    • 2006 overall average hourly income in manufacturing was $19.38/hour (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2006)