Senate Hearing Looks at Employment of {eople with Disabilities

Last week, the Senate HELP Committee held a hearing on “Lessons from the Field: Learning from What Works for Employment for Persons with Disabilities.” The committee sought to learn about proven strategies that have a positive impact on employment outcomes for all people with disabilities, including young adults and veterans. Witnesses included The Honorable Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor; Governor Tom Ridge, Chairman, National Organization on Disability; Deborah Dagit, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Merck; and Amelia Wallrich, Law Student, Northwestern University. Witnesses highlighted the extremely high rates of unemployment and underemployment among people with disabilities, and discussed successful strategies including customized employment, workplace accommodations, and transition planning for youth with disabilities.

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