Coming on the heels of the sheltered workshop post and this article in the NY Times, comes a campaign called I'm In To Hire.
This campaign is launching today on behalf of Anthony K. Shriver and Best Buddies International. I'm In To Hire is a "...new effort to promote the business benefits of hiring people with
intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and encourage
employers to create a more inclusive workplace."
I know employment is an issue all across the country, but 85% of individuals with developmental disabilities don't have a paid job in their community and that is an alarming statistic - especially when so many individuals with disabilities are willing and capable.
You can see some of the results of a recent report from the Institute for Corporate Productivity. The full report "Employing People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" can be downloaded for free.
You can follow on Twitter @ImInToHire and #ImInToHire and also on Facebook.
Most of all - encourage your employer to not only take the pledge to start hiring, but follow through on a commitment to hire someone with a disability.