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In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this week's "In the Know" highlights a resource intended to increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities.  

In the United States, 54 million people are living with a disability, making the disability community the largest minority group in the country - many of whom are ready and willing to work. Unfortunately, however, some businesses are hesitant to fully embrace disability inclusive practices in the workplace. That is why Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, commissioned this report to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for people with disabilities in their particular state, both in the public and private sector.

Based on Gov. Markell’s initiative, “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities,” this report identifies five topic areas that emerged over the course of the initiative and presents examples of actions governors can take in each area to improve the recruitment, hiring and retention of workers with disabilities: The five topic areas are:

  • Make disability employment part of the state workforce development strategy.
  • Find and support businesses in their efforts to employ people with disabilities
  • Be a model employer by increasing the number of people with disabilities working in state government.
  • Prepare youth with disabilities for careers that use their full potential, providing employers with a pipeline of skilled workers.
  • Make the best use of limited resource to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

A great resource before, during and after NDEAM, this report provides the framework by which government agencies at every level and businesses big and small can work together to ensure people with disabilities have the same employment opportunities as individuals without disabilities. 


A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities 

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In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD Center Resource Center


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