The world of work has changed for youth and adults with disabilities. Federal initiatives such as Cradle to College and Career and state initiatives such as Every Child a Graduate reinforce the expectation that everyone can and should be prepared for employment to the greatest extent possible. Possibilities for real jobs have expanded and assistive technology continues to advance. The attitudes and willingness of employers to hire people with unique skills and attributes have improved significantly. The potential for people with disabilities to become successfully self-employed is also increasing.

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Although people with disabilities are still under-represented in the general workforce, there is a great deal of optimism and growing awareness of the benefits of employing people with disabilities. Much progress has been made in assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain jobs that pay a competitive wage. Successful practices are also allowing more individuals to leave sheltered environments and enter the general work force.

Here are some resources to learn more about employment:

Many more employment resources can be found on this website by searching services and resources.

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