News and Events
Feb. 17, 2014– Special Olympics Releases Research on Employment of People with Intellectual Disabilities
A new survey commissioned by CDE Member, Special Olympics, shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population. One of the most comprehensive national surveys of its kind, the research was conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and administered by Gallup. The survey, which paints a dark picture, looked at both the labor force participation rate (the percentage of working-age people who are either employed, or unemployed but looking for a job) and the unemployment rate, for 2011 to 2012. During this period, the labor force participation rate for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) was about one-half of the general population: 44 percent versus 83 percent, indicating that more than half of people with ID have dropped out of or were never in the workforce. Learn more by reading the press release.
Feb. 12, 2014– Viscardi Center Seeking Award Nominations
CDE Member, the National Business and Disability Council, reminds us that the Viscardi Center, a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering people with disabilities, has issued a “Call for Nominations” for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. The awards pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. Individuals of any age, with any type of disability, are eligible, and nominations are being accepted through March 15, 2014. Learn more about the nomination process.
Jan. 9, 2014– USBLN Blogs About Mentoring Youth With Disabilities
This month, Jill Houghton, the US Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) executive director, penned a guest blog post for the website Disability.gov on disability mentoring. Entitled, “Career Mentoring Youth With Disabilities as a Business Strategy,” the article highlights USBLN’s Career Link Mentoring Program as well as Disability Mentoring Day, an annual event hosted by Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) member, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). USBLN is a founding member of the CDE, and a proponent of mentoring youth with disabilities as a business strategy to build a pipeline of qualified future job candidates. Read the blot post.