Manchester, NH, Dec. 22 – Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley called for identifying best practices when asked to address the large unemployment numbers for people with disabilities.
“We need to lift up the best practices state by state and do a better job as a nation in seeding, feeding and supporting those best practices that connect our neighbors with disabilities to gain full employment,” O’Malley said during a townhall Sunday at American Legion Sweeney Post 2 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The presidential hopeful also touted his state’s program Division of Rehabilitation Service (DORS). Operated by the Maryland state government, DORS helps find employment for people with disabilities. In October, he also talked about how DORS trains and places people with disabilities in appropriate employment settings.
Indeed, in 2012, DORS helped 2,506 people with disabilities become employed.
In his home state of Maryland, 622,682 people have a disability. Of those who are of working age (18-64), 40 percent are employed, which is higher than the national average. According to the most recent Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, Maryland increased employment of people with disabilities by .5 percent from 2012 to 2013.
O’Malley also called for “new agenda for full employment for veterans.”