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Indiana’s Campaign Promotes Hiring People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C., May 10 – I’m staring back at the wide eyes, nervous shoulders and fidgety hands of the hiring manager. As he interviews me for my dream job, those wide eyes flick down to my wheelchair, then back to my face. His eyes make that journey multiple times and ask 100 questions at once. None of the questions ever make it to the mouth. So, I start.

“And so, with my wheelchair…?” I leave the question open-ended, because I never know where someone’s mind is going to go.

Suddenly, whatever self-imposed seal there was has been broken. Questions come pouring out covered in nervous tension. “What about when we get deliveries, what will you do with then?” “Can you wear professional clothing?” “Is it okay if we have to travel; can you get in a car?”  “What if you can’t reach a shelf?”

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Gov. Scott Walker Signs Employment First Bill into Law as Wisconsin continues to lead on jobs

Washington, D.C., April 11 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, Wisconsin continues to have one of the nation’s highest employment rates for people with disabilities, outperforming bigger states like Texas and California. People with disabilities, who have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, are succeeding thanks to workforce system better aligned to enable them to succeed, just like anyone else.

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Breaking News – 2,241 people with disabilities lose jobs in Oregon as State Ranked 19th in America

Washington, D.C., March 27 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, according to new data, 2,241 people with disabilities in Oregon lost jobs.

According to RespectAbility, a national organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Oregon now ranks 19th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 303,115 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 118,914 of them have jobs. Oregon has a 39.2 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 669 new jobs for people with disabilities in Missouri

Washington, D.C., March 27 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 669 more people with disabilities in Missouri gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Missouri now ranks 32nd on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 468,140 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 164,243 of them have jobs. Missouri currently has a 35.1 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 2,389 people with disabilities lose jobs in Louisiana as State Ranked 44th in America

Washington, D.C., March 27 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, according to new data, 2,389 people with disabilities in Louisiana lost jobs.

According to RespectAbility, a national organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, Louisiana now ranks 44th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 384,377 working-age people with disabilities living in that state and 120,443 of them have jobs. Louisiana has a 31.3 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 5,855 new jobs for people with disabilities in West Virginia

Washington, D.C., March 19 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 5,855 more people with disabilities in West Virginia gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

According to RespectAbility, a national nonprofit organization that fights stigma and advances opportunity for people with disabilities, West Virginia ranks 50th on jobs for people with disabilities. In total, there are 194,669 working-age people with disabilities living in West Virginia and 53,372 of them have jobs. This leaves West Virginia with an 27.4 percent employment rate for its people with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 3,023 people with disabilities lose jobs in Wyoming

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. However, while nationally the growth of new jobs for people with disabilities went up four-fold, 3,023 Wyomingites with disabilities lost jobs as the state faces new economic challenges.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. Governor Matt Mead’s council on disabilities holds an Employment First summit every year. People with disabilities, businesses, agencies, and advocates all gather to make connections and learn about employment issues.

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Breaking News – 15,871 new jobs for people with disabilities in Washington

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 15,871 more people with disabilities in Washington gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. Governor Jay Inslee’s health and human services department has begun supported employment programs; these programs are staffed by employment professionals who meet with treatment providers to integrate someone’s health and employment initiatives.

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Breaking News – 3,582 new jobs for people with disabilities in Utah

Gov. Herbert: “People can be productive if we find opportunities for them.”

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 3,582 more people with disabilities in Utah gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. During the Winter Meeting, Governor Gary Herbert took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Utah.  When asked, Governor Herbert said: “I think people recognize that everybody has abilities. People can be productive if we find opportunities for them.”

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Breaking News – 17,736 new jobs for people with disabilities in Texas

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 17,736 more people with disabilities in Texas gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. Governor Chris Sununu’s health and human services department has begun supported employment programs; these programs are staffed by employment professionals who meet with treatment providers to integrate someone’s health and employment initiatives.

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Breaking News – 23,416 new jobs for people with disabilities in South Carolina

Gov. McMaster: “They’re ready to work, they’re looking for work and we’re growing in South Carolina.”

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, over 23,000 more people with disabilities in South Carolina gained employment; an unprecedented rise. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. During the Winter Meeting, Governor Henry McMaster took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in South Carolina.  When asked, Governor McMaster said: “We have many people with a wide range of disabilities that may be disabled in once sense but not in another. They’re ready to work, they’re looking for work and we’re growing in South Carolina.”

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Breaking News – 6,993 new jobs for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 6,993 more people with disabilities in Pennsylvania became employed.  People with disabilities have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Governor Tom Wolf has been integral in his state’s success. In 2016 Governor Wolf signed an executive order declaring that Pennsylvania would be an Employment First state. The order itself states “workers with a disability add value to the workplace…they can be dedicated, loyal, and productive members of a team and can improve a company’s bottom line.”

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Breaking News – 1,355 new jobs for people with disabilities in New Hampshire

Washington, D.C., March 15 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 1,355 more people with disabilities in New Hampshire gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Last month, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. Governor Chris Sununu’s health and human services department has begun supported employment programs; these programs are staffed by employment professionals who meet with treatment providers to integrate someone’s health and employment initiatives.

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Breaking News – 14,556 new jobs for people with disabilities in North Carolina

Gov. Cooper receives RespectAbility Award for job gains among North Carolinians with Disabilities.

Washington, D.C., March 13 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, over 14,556 more people with disabilities in North Carolina gained employment; an amazing rise. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

During the NGA Winter Meeting, RespectAbility took the opportunity to recognize Governor Roy Cooper with an award for the job gains being experienced by people with disabilities in his state.

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Breaking News – 4,459 new jobs for people with disabilities in Montana

Gov. Bullock receives RespectAbility Award for job gains among Montanans with Disabilities.

Washington, D.C., March 13 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, over 4,459 more people with disabilities in Montana gained employment; an unprecedented rise. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Beginning in 2018 Montana’s council for developmental disabilities initiated the Partnerships for Transitions project. The project provides skill development to job-seekers with disabilities and also creates community and web-based information resources. According to the council, the program has already increased transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. During the NGA Winter Meeting, RespectAbility took the opportunity to recognize Governor Bullock with an award for the job gains being experienced by people with disabilities in his state.

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Breaking News – 4,139 new jobs for people with disabilities in Alaska

Washington, D.C., March 9 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 4,139 more people with disabilities in Alaska gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Recently, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues. During the Winter Meeting. Governor Bill Walker of Alaska spoke publicly with Governor Kasich of Ohio and Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado on how to provide affordable, quality health care to the largest number of people. Many believe that the best way to provide reasonably priced health care to people with disabilities is through good jobs. All three governors emphasized the part major employers should play in demanding quality health care for their employees, highlighting the need to provide people with disabilities competitive employment to allow them to support their own health.

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Dennis Daugaard speaks about Jobs for People with Disabilities in South Dakota

Washington, D.C., March 9 — Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota gave a statement recently about his dedication to including his citizens with disabilities in education and employment initiatives.

South Dakota is “…setting the example and showing that we want to include people who are able to do jobs with accommodations.” During the NGA meeting in 2013, Governor Daugaard helped lead an employment initiative for people with disabilities. Later that year he went home and created the Employment Works Task Force to implement the recommendations made during the meeting. Now South Dakota has a network of businesses, business resource organizations, state-level employment professionals, and job-seekers with disabilities.

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Breaking News – 5,130 new jobs for people with disabilities in Kansas

Washington, D.C., March 9 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 5,130 more people with disabilities in Kansas gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

Recently, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting and talked about these and other key issues during their Winter Meeting. Governor Jeff Colyer of Kansas has instituted Kansas Works, an incentive for competitive employers to encourage them to hire employees with disabilities. Kansas also added a preparation program to their educator license to make sure teachers are able to provide effective interventions when a student is found to have a disability.

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Breaking News – 4,739 new jobs for people with disabilities in Mississippi

Gov. Bryant: “You find people who want to work and have exceptional talents to do so.”

Washington, D.C., March 9 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 4,739 more people with disabilities in Mississippi gained employment. People with disabilities previously have been left out of periods of economic growth. Today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

This week, America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues During the Winter Meeting, Governor Phil Bryant took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Mississippi.  When asked, Governor Bryant said: “We have job fairs; those have been very successful. You have to have a deliberate effort to go out and make sure that you find people who want to work and have exceptional talents to do so.”

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Breaking News – 5,329 new jobs for Hoosiers with disabilities

Gov. Holcomb: “I want to make sure Hoosiers are meeting their true potential”

Washington, D.C., March 9 — As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 5,329 more Hoosiers with disabilities became employed.  People with disabilities have previously been left out of periods of economic growth, today’s workforce system is better aligned to enable people with disabilities to succeed, just like anyone else.

As America’s governors gathered in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting to talk about these and other key issues during the Winter Meeting, Governor Eric Holcomb took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Indiana.  Governor Holcomb said: “We have to do more. I want to make sure Hoosiers are meeting their true potential and that they can pursue what they are passionate about. That includes folks who find themselves trapped in a cycle” He went on to add “[That includes] folks who are intellectually/developmentally disabled right now that could be doing so much more if they too had the opportunity.”

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