National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force
A new survey shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population. That’s according to one of the most comprehensive U.S. surveys ever done on adults with disabilities in the workforce. The “National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force” was commissioned by Special Olympics, conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and administered by Gallup.
- Only 44% of adults with ID aged 21-64 are in the labor force.
- This is compared to 83% of working-age adults without disabilities who are in the labor force.
- 21% of working age adults with ID are unemployed.
- This is compared to less than 8% of adults without disabilities who are unemployed.
- 28% of working age adults with ID have never held a job.
- 62% of adults with ID employed in a competitive setting have been at their current job for 3 years or more.
- 81% of adults with ID employed in a sheltered setting have been at their current job for 3 years or more.
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