New England Workplace Inclusion & Equality Summit Report: People with Disabilities Reaching Competitive Employment
The USBLN, Walgreens, Rhode Island College and the State of Rhode Island invited business leaders, federal contractors, individuals with disabilities and their guests, government delegates, provider representatives, and community partners from across nine states- Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont- to attend the “New England Workplace Inclusion & Equality Summit: People with Disabilities Reaching Competitive Employment.” Attendees came together to share best practices, identify barriers to hiring individuals with disabilities, propose meaningful recommendations for overcoming such barriers, and make real commitments to employing individuals with disabilities.
The purpose of the following report is twofold:
- Document the Summit, the objectives and outcomes of the event; and,
- Serve as a roadmap to begin charting a path of improved collaboration that results in real jobs with competitive wages for people with I/DD across the nine Northeast states.
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