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Helping employers expand their employee pool and overcome fears of hiring people with disabilities

March 26, 2012

An op/ed in the Boston Globe, “As economy climbs, don't leave people with disabilities behind,” co-written by Commonwealth Medicine's Alexis D. Henry, Sc.D., explains the importance of hiring people with disabilities as the economy strengthens. The piece was co-written with James Brett, president of the New England Council.

The column discusses the need to allay any fears and uncertainties associated with hiring people with disabilities. There are approximately 200,000 adults with disabilities in Massachusetts who are willing and able to work, but are unemployed. Without employment, many individuals with disabilities live at or close to the poverty level.

There are opportunities for employers to offer positions to people with disabilities or provide work experience through internships. Employers can learn more at Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative.

Henry oversees the Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit within Commonwealth Medicine’s Center for Health Policy and Research. She is also the principal investigator of the Work Without Limits initiative.