During March the Vermont Care Partners Public Relations Group wanted to focus on the contributions of Vermonters with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their positive impact on the state’s economy. In addition, Vermont has received international recognition for its inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the workforce. You’ll want to invest the time in reading the commentary written by Mike Reilly of Champlain Community Services.
Mike Reilly: Vermont shows the way on labor fairness for people with disabilities
This commentary is by Mike Reilly, development coordinator at Champlain Community Services
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a good time to reflect on the contributions Vermonters with intellectual and developmental disabilities are making to their communities and to the state’s economy.
Those contributions, and the work of Vermont’s Developmental Services system, are helping shape national policies aimed at expanding opportunities and protecting the civil rights of citizens with disabilities.
Vermont has earned international recognition for its inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the workforce. That’s part of why the state’s system — and the broad array of career and educational options it offers — featured prominently in a report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights encouraging a similar model be adopted at the national level. Read more…
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