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Survey Finds Just 1 In 3 With Intellectual Disabilities Employed

Feb 18, 2014 -- 9:28 am
Adults with intellectual disabilities are struggling to find their place in the workforce, according to a new Gallup survey finding that two-thirds have no job.
Of those who are working, slightly more than half are employed in competitive environments alongside those without disabilities, while 38 percent work in sheltered workshops and 9 percent are self-employed.
The findings come from a national poll of more than 1,000 parents or guardians of adults with intellectual disabilities conducted for Special Olympics by Gallup and the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The results published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation suggest that those with intellectual disabilities are participating in the labor force at about half the rate of typically developing adults.
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