United States Congress, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Introductory remarks
by Getzel, E.E.
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Getzel, L. (2014). United States Congress, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Introductory remarks. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(3), 183-184.
Employment rates for all individuals with disabilities can range from 34% to 39% in comparison to the employment rate of 76% to 79% for individuals without disabilities (Erickson, Lee, & von Schrader, 2010, 2011, 2012; Siperstein, Parker, & Drascher, 2013). For individuals with intellectual disabilities, the rate of employment has declined over the past five years. In 2008, the rate of employment was reported at 28% (Erickson et al., 2010; Siperstein et al., 2013), while recent numbers show it is anywhere from 18% to 23% (Erickson et al., 2012, Siperstein et al., 2013). The downward employment trend in this population will not improve until new ways are found to meaningfully integrate these individuals into the labor force.