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Montgomery County, MD

Did you hear the news? Montgomery County, MD voted this week to expand hiring preference rules to include individuals with mental and physical disabilities. I believe this may be the first local legislation of its type in the U.S.

Basically, what this means is that a person with a disability who is among the highest-rated candidates in a traditional competitive process, would receive “hiring preference” for the open position.

I believe this will send a very strong message to those with disabilities that if you have the required skill sets, they really want to hire you because of your disability, not in spite of it.

I wonder if this is an idea that we are going to see replicated elsewhere.