Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Opinion: Georgia Lags In Employment

Opinion piece by Kathy Keeley, the executive director for All About Developmental Disabilities.
There are thousands of Georgians with developmental disabilities and the unemployment rate for that community is close to 87 percent. These individuals are not sharing in the recovery from the recession and many sit home waiting to join the workforce.
As the 2015 Georgia General Assembly works on the budget, AADD is asking legislators for an increase in appropriation of state funds of $1.96 million in the FY 2016 budget from Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). This would fund a program covering immediate supported employment for students with developmental disabilities transitioning out of high school, helping 250 students obtain employment.

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