WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions of dollars spent on government programs to help them, a new survey has revealed.
Even when they find work, it's often part-time, in a dead-end job or for pay below minimum wage.
A recent survey finds only 44 percent of intellectually disabled adults are in the labor force, while just 34 percent actually are working. That compares with 83 percent of nondisabled, working-age adults who are in the workforce.
The survey commissioned by Special Olympics finds 28 percent of working-age adults with intellectual disabilities have never held a job.
Disability advocates say the jobs picture will remain bleak until there are better programs to help disabled people find jobs while they are still in school.
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