30 percent of people under the age of 65 have a abiding health condition. Despite this prevalence, people with abiding illnesses or disabilities often face discrimination. Over a third of disabled people have accomplished abrogating bias in their accepted job. The unemployment rate is twice as high for people with disabilities, compared to the accepted population, even though companies which are across-the-board of people with disabilities are more financially successful. People with disabilities earn decidedly less than non-disabled people with the same apprenticeship level. While there is a dearth of data specific to the tech industry (major tech companies gave evasive, off-the-record answers when asked by a disabled anchorman why they don’t accommodate affliction in their assortment reports), there are plenty of first-hand accounts of exclusion and bias.

Because I occasionally tweet about my health struggles, (which accommodate two brain surgeries, a life-threatening brain infection, and two ICU stays), a number of people in the tech industry have contacted me to abreast share about their own adventures with affliction or illness. Many of them say that they fear bigotry within the tech industry if they were to speak about about their health. Will people think that I’m less capable? Will my administrator be less likely to give me important and high impact assignments? Will this change the lens through which people view my achievements or productivity? Sadly, these fears can be well-founded.