Legislation that has occurred over many years, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act, has come together with advances in educational strategies to create a climate in which young job seekers with disabilities are able to develop their skills and advocate for necessary accommodations in the workplace. It is well known in the workforce development community that early exposure to the workplace itself and to workforce development programs can improve the employment outcomes for persons with disabilities by enabling youth to develop workforce skills and areas of career interest. However, even though knowledge and interest in workplace supports for young people with disabilities have increased, unemployment rates for these youth remain disproportionately high.
Funding Organization or Grant
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through a grant to Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (grant #1QACMS030316/02).
Cabral A, Vishneau M, Zanghi M. Youth with Disabilities: A Maine Workforce Development Review. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service;2010.