Op Ed

People with Disabilities a Boon to Workforce

By: Dennis Haas and Julie Price
Date: August 2, 2017
According to an Income and Poverty analysis in the United States, working-age people with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be living in poverty as those without disabilities. The 2017 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, distributed by United Way, indicates that 44 percent of households in Florida cannot afford basic needs including housing, child-care, food, health care, and transportation. This suggests a staggering 90 percent of Floridians with disabilities experience the same hardships and persistent struggle adding in social and emotional issues.
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As Florida develops the state budget for 2014-15 to meet the basic needs of its citizens, we must protect the quality of life for our most vulnerable populations, including those with developmental disabilities. When given access to adequate services and support, Floridians with developmental disabilities can – and do – become self-sufficient citizens that are willing and able to attend school, work and play in the community, pay taxes and vote.
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State Leaders Must Act to Ensure Equal Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

 

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