A National Summit to Boost Education and Employment Outcomes for Americans with Disabilities
Friday, May 31, 2013 • 8:25 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • at Bank of America
Note: Participation in this event is by invitation only.
Goal and Objectives
The Summit’s goal is to engage members of the philanthropic and business sectors, in partnership with federal and state governments, to address the chronic under-participation of adults and youth with disabilities in the American workforce.
The Summit’s objectives are:
- to increase the awareness of the depth of the national disability unemployment problem and the impacts of the associated public dependency costs over a lifetime of unemployment, the latter issue being especially relevant as the national debate over entitlements reform grows;
- the development of a set of cross-sector common priorities to advance a renewed national vision of employment success for the nation’s most disenfranchised citizens; and
- to explore the feasibility of a national structure to sustain relevant partnership initiatives across the business, philanthropic, and public sectors that are addressing the disability employment problem.
Today, more than two-thirds of working age Americans with disabilities are outside the labor force, meaning that more than 10 million adults with disabilities are not working nor actively looking for work. President Obama has called on the federal government and federal contractors to do more in this area. We are convinced that if we make a concerted effort, we can reach a goal set by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Senator Harkin—Senate author of the ADA and Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions—to increase the size of the disability labor force from 4.9 million to over 6 million by 2015. Our hope is that this summit will inspire public-private partnerships and strategies to grow the size of the disability workforce and achieve this worthy goal.
|The National Summit Planning Committee comprises representatives from the Office of Delaware Governor Jack Markell; the National Governors Association (NGA); the Council on Foundations (COF); the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN); the Chicago Community Trust; the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration.|