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ERIC Number: EJ866338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
The New Path to Employment: Navigating Rocky Economic Times to Find Success in the Working World
Hubler, Brian; Ebsworth-Goold, Erika
Exceptional Parent, v39 n10 p32-35 Oct 2009
According to the 2008 National Report on Employment Services and Outcomes, in states' Fiscal Year 2007, an estimated 115,293 people were supported by a developmental disability program while working in a competitive job. According to the Department of Labor's latest research, the percentage of people with disabilities in the workforce is 22.8%. A huge amount of work goes into preparing for the job, and people are getting hired, but what about retention rates? Darla Wilkerson, Director of Employment and Training for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, says that in her 20 plus years of providing employment services and supports, the success lies in the job match. Wilkerson says on a national level, there's a lot of emphasis being placed on increased expectations for people with disabilities when it comes to employment. Wilkerson considers this shift in thinking a welcome change. And while the economic downturn and job cuts are concerns for everyone, Wilkerson cautions against using the rough economic climate as an excuse for failure. Wilkerson says sooner rather than later is the best time for a candidate's family to start thinking about and preparing for future employment. Wilkerson says that the logical place for parents to begin exploring options for their children is in school where children get their first experience with the working world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri