During a meeting of Detroit’s Workforce Development Board, a group of civic leaders appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan to address inequities and barriers to employment for Detroiters, co-chairman Dave Meador cited a statistic: “More than 80% of adults in Detroit with a disability are unemployed.”  

My first response was shock, followed by disbelief and finally guilt. I decided long ago that guilt is a useless emotion unless it is used to inspire change. And that day, I was inspired.  

I believe in the adage of aspiration: “Talent is distributed evenly; opportunity is not.” Like so many others, I fight for equity every day. My company reaches into the city and intentionally recruits Black and brown people into the clean-energy industry, where they are woefully underrepresented. I also help position women, particularly Black women, for nontraditional positions and opportunities for which they are often overlooked. 

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — More than half (55%) of U.S. workers don’t protect their income with disability insurance. Seven out of 10 Baby Boomers also forego this coverage,1 despite being more likely to need it. This generation makes up nearly half (47%) of all long term disability claims,2 according to internal claims data from Unum (NYSE: UNM), a leading provider of disability insurance.

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“People are more likely to protect their homes, phones, or cars than their most important asset: their income,” said Chris Pyne, executive vice president of Group Benefits at Unum. “But without a paycheck, they likely wouldn’t even have these other assets.”

As for why people lack the protection, a third of workers (33%) say they’re healthy and don’t need it, 29% say they can’t afford it, 11% don’t see the value in it, and 10% don’t

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