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Many Are Replacing Disability Checks With Paychecks

The nation's disability rolls swelled during the Great Recession. But more disabled people are now finding work, and employers are more willing to make allowances, thanks to the tight job market.
Izzie with her service dog, Zandra. Spinergy welcomed Zandra, who is able to retrieve things when Izzie drops them. Source: Greg Kahn for NPR

During and after the Great Recession, people turned to disability rolls in large numbers to make ends meet. This accelerated what had been going on for a generation, as the federal government's disability insurance program saw steady growth.

But now, for the first time in decades, the disability rolls are shrinking. More people with disabilities are returning to work and holding on to their jobs. With unemployment at a nearly 50-year low, companies are struggling to find workers. And that means people who had trouble finding a job in the past are suddenly in demand. That includes people with disabilities.

Dani Izzie was hired four years ago as a social media marketer for Spinergy, a company that makes wheels

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