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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.

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Market Basket celebrates Phil’s 25 years of employment

With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, our Your Next Star ambassador Phil Donahue took some time off from his job at Market Basket in Tewksbury. However, he was invited back to Market Basket to celebrate his remarkable 25th Anniversary! So, after 3 months away from the store, Phil returned to celebrate with co-workers and […]

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On the cusp of adulthood

We are excited to share this powerful blog post from our Your Next Star collaborators, Work Without Limits, and written by AIM dad Scott Borchardt, a partner at PwC, another YNS collaborator. By Scott Borchardt Our daughter, Noelle, is on the cusp of adulthood. She’s an engaging 21-year-old with Down Syndrome, who is excited about […]

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Introducing A Tax-Smart Way to Save for Disability Expenses 

With the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, Americans with disabilities now have the opportunity to save and invest in a tax-advantaged account for short and long-term disability related expenses, without risking their disability benefits. An ABLE account is a smart way to save that supplements, rather than replaces, your Medicaid […]

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