Employment can often be a vehicle to independence, identity, social engagement, freedom from want, and other benefits. Unfortunately, people with disabilities have been consistently underrepresented in the work place despite having marketable skills and the desire to work. Moreover, people with disabilities that do find “employment”, are often working in segregated environments making wages which are not on par with typically-abled peers performing similar work.
Students with disabilities are entitled to transition services to help them become independent, productive adults. These services are often not adequate, individualized, or integrated into the community.
People with disabilities benefit from policies that:
- Enforce the competitive, integrated employment initiatives under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).
- Eliminate the subminimum wage for people with disabilities.
- Maximize state vocational rehabilitation services.
- Ensure outcome-oriented, individualized transition services.