Washington, March 5 – As the economy expands, for the first time in decades people with disabilities are gaining jobs, success and independence. According to new data, 7,191 more people with disabilities in Tennessee 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.
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 Bill Haslam took questions about jobs for people with disabilities in Tennessee. When asked, Governor Haslam said: “You know in Tennessee we have a fundamental belief that all means all, and so when we talk about increasing the job environment workforce opportunities, we think that covers everyone.” He went on to add “Our department of Intellectual Development disabilities working with our Department of Human services, our economic community development folks have worked really hard to put programs together to match employers with folks with disabilities and appropriate skill level jobs and its working.”