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Disabilities Rising Among Workers; Need for Employer-Driven Disability Awareness, Support Efforts Also Increases
Date:9/25/2007

- New CDA Web Site Offers Employers Resources to Help Employees

Become Aware of, Plan for Financial Consequences of Disability -

PORTLAND, Maine, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Preparing for an unexpected illness or accident has never been more important for America's workforce, especially as the number of workers experiencing a disability continues to rise -- 35 percent since 2000 -- and more families struggle to make ends meet due to an unforeseen stop in income.

Employees often look to their employers as a trusted source of information about financial matters, such as retirement planning and medical-cost management. However, as disability becomes an increasing threat to personal financial security, employees need additional information about the likelihood of experiencing a disability and how to manage the accompanying financial consequences. In response, employers are taking steps to help workers become better informed about leading healthier lifestyles and being financially prepared for unexpected illnesses and accidents.

To help employers with these efforts, the Council for Disability Awareness (CDA) today launched a new employer-focused Web site, http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org/employer/, that contains information and tools which employers can provide to their employees about the financial consequences of disability and how to plan accordingly.

"Preparing for an unexpected disability has never been more important for employees -- and their employers -- as 30 percent of American workers are forecasted to experience a serious illness or accident during their careers," explains Robert Taylor, president of CDA. "With this new site, CDA aims to provide employers with resources to help their employees, as well as their businesses, better manage the sobering costs related to disability."

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