A recent survey found that only 34% of adults with intellectual disabilities in the United States are employed. That includes several thousand individuals in Greater Cincinnati. For years, training centers or sheltered workshops have provided work opportunities for adults with disabilities. But there is a current push in many states to close these centers and direct individuals towards community-based employment. But incorporating people with intellectual disabilities into the general workforce is a challenge.
Several states, including Ohio, have recently passed or are considering legislation to prevent employers from asking if a job seeker has been convicted of a felony on an initial application form. Proponents of such legislation say the question discriminates against the more than 92 million people in the United States who have an arrest record.
At the same time that thousands of people in the tri-state are unemployed or under-employed, many local companies are unable to find enough skilled workers to meet their demands. An upcoming event at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will showcase the school’s programs and degrees that train students with the skills they need to find a job in today’s economy.