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People with disabilities remain persistently unemployed and or underemployed. In many ways, people with intellectual disabilities have faced the most significant barriers and the lowest employment participation rates of any group of individuals with disabilities.
As a result, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, convened the 1st in a series of hearings to examine the barriers and identify solutions to increase the employment participation rate for all individuals with disabilities. They will focus first on persons with intellectual disabilities because, in many ways, they have
faced the most significant barriers and the lowest employment participation rates of any group of individuals with disabilities. According to some sources, the employment participation rate for persons with intellectual disabilities is as low as 23.9%, and for those receiving Supplemental Security Income the participation rate is as low as 9%. Persons with intellectual disabilities also may face the most significant of barriers to employment—that of poor attitudes about their abilities and low expectations for their possibilities.
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