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A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

The National Governors Association | Lauren Stewart, Elise Shanbacker, and Meghan Wills
December 2013 | Report/Brief

This December 2013 report, commissioned by Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware), Chair of the National Governor’s Association, is intended to spur governors from across the country to improve efforts aimed at increasing the employment outcomes for people with disabilities in their particular state.

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: 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.