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The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects adults with disabilities including learning disabilities (LD) in higher education programs and employment. This section contains an overview of how these laws and others can protect the civil rights of adults with LD. Read articles.
The proportion of adults with a learning disability in paid employment varies by region. London and Eastern regions have the highest proportion of adults with a learning disability known to their local authority in paid employment, at 7.5% in both, closely followed by Yorkshire and the Humber, at 7.4% (NHS Digital 2018).
Barriers to employment. People with a learning disability and people with autism looking for work come up against many barriers. Many employers have concerns about employing someone with a learning disability or autism and some employees express concerns about working with someone with a learning disability or autism.