Leaders Wrap-up First National Emerging Workforce
February 12, 2004
WESTIN, FLORIDA--More than 600 leaders from government, private and nonprofit organizations came together this week in Weston to look at the reasons why 70 percent of Americans with disabilities are unemployed.
"The presence of the disabled in the workplace is still woefully insufficient," said Stephanie Lee at the first national Emerging Workforce Conference. "We have to remember the majority of people with disabilities have average or high intelligence. These are very capable individuals."
Thomas Ryan, a local chapter president of the National Federation of the Blind, said he was glad the conference addressed the need to change society's attitudes toward people with disabilities.
"I've been dealing with these initiatives for 40 years, and things have not changed a bit," Ryan said.
"Adults tend to already have their minds made up," he explained. "We have to go through kids if we want to improve the future of blind people and people in wheelchairs."
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