February 17, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Low Employment Rate for People with ID

By Christy White

A new survey shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population. That’s according to the "National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force" which was a study commissioned by Special Olympics, conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and administered by Gallup. The survey looked at both the labor force participation rate (the percentage of working-age people who are either employed, or unemployed but looking for a job) and the unemployment rate, for 2011 to 2012. “This study paints a bleak picture of the employment situation for adults with intellectual disabilities, revealing a troublingly low employment rate,” said Janet Froetscher, CEO of Special Olympics. “We will continue to commit ourselves to identifying the critical factors to improve employment and lives generally for people with ID.”

About Christy White: I am Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.
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