New legislation to develop an inclusive employment program
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is expected to introduce legislation Tuesday for the development of an inclusive employment program at the County of San Diego for people with intellectual disabilities. The Board will vote on the policy during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 21.
The legislation is called “Jay’s Program: Supporting Inclusive Employment Opportunities” and according to Fletcher it will develop an enhanced employment program within the County for individuals with disabilities across multiple departments and identify a funding mechanism to sustain it and return to the Board with a status update including potential external partnerships and program design by July 2019.
“I strongly believe people with disabilities can be integral and valuable members of the workforce,” Supervisor Fletcher continued. “Every person with a disability who wants to work should have the opportunity to work.”
According to Fletcher a study done by the University of Massachusetts said: 62% of adults with intellectual disabilities that are employed have had their job for more than three years, but only 44% of adults with intellectual disabilities aged 21-64 are in the labor force.