The Arc submits testimony for the record for Senate hearing on employment of persons with intellectual disabilities

On Wednesday, March 2, the full Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing, entitled, “Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Intellectual Disabilities.”  Lynnae Ruttledge, Commissioner of the Rehabilitative Services Administration, and Sharon Lewis, Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), testified along with a panel consisting of a state employment agency director, a private employer, a self advocate, and a researcher. The hearing focused on the barriers to employment faced by individuals with intellectual disabilities and offered criteria for and examples of integrated, competitive employment. All panelists strongly supported “employment first” principles. Read The Arc’s statement at:

Read the hearing testimony and watch the proceedings at

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