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Did You Know?
92% of consumers report feeling more favorable toward businesses that hire people with disabilities.
Accessibility costs for workers with disabilities are almost always covered by federal tax incentives for businesses.
The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 120 percent higher than for people without disabilities.
Only 1/3 of eligible adults with intellectual disabilities are employed.
Employees with disabilities have nearly identical job performance ratings as those without disabilities.
⅓ of eligible adults with intellectual disabilities have never held a job.
438,000 of the Massachusetts’ 3.8 million working age adults have a disability.
87% of consumers said they would prefer to patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities.
The majority of workers with disabilities do not need special equipment or accommodations.
Nearly ⅔ of eligible adults with intellectual disabilities who are working have been at their jobs 3 or more years.
46% of accommodations cost nothing while 45% of accommodations have a one-time cost, typically around $500.
Companies can reach as many as 4 out of every 10 consumers with marketing programs aimed at people with disabilities and their family members.
30% of America’s 69.6 million families have at least one family member with a disability.

Resources for Employers

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Job Opportunity: Patient Liaison Apprentice at Boston Children’s Hospital

We want to share a very cool job opportunity to be a Patient Liaison Apprentice at Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, who would join Patient Liaison Nathan Simons and an amazing team: Job Responsibilities: • Help set up rooms for clinician use • Escort families to clinical rooms • Share resource materials • […]

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MA Disability Mentoring Week

Our friends at the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and the Human Resources Division (HRD) are partnering to host “Disability Mentoring Week (DMW)” from Oct. 17 to 19. This will be an opportunity for persons with disabilities to explore career opportunities within state government. Each mentee will be paired with a Massachusetts state government professional […]

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Meet Omar, the LAPD’s Police Officer for a Day

Congratulations to Omar, who was sworn in as a police officer for a day with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Omar has Down syndrome and had always wanted to become a police officer. He was thrilled to be fulfilling his lifelong dream. While he served as police officer for a day, the occasion provided a great […]

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