VALUED, ABLE & READY TO WORK:
EMPLOYING INDIVIDUALS WITH DOWN SYNDROME
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, employing people with Down syndrome and other disabilities has been a realistic goal for all kinds of employers – corporations, small and local businesses and government agencies.
However, many barriers to employment for individuals with Down syndrome still exist. Individuals with Down syndrome can and do make valuable employees and are ready to work, but often lack the opportunity. Furthermore, many employers have expressed interest in hiring employees with Down syndrome, but often lack the information and resources to support opportunities for employment.
This guide is intended to educate employers on hiring people with Down syndrome by highlighting benefits, suggesting tips for success, identifying some challenges, sharing success stories and providing resources.
NDSS thanks Mr. David Egan for his leadership on the development of this resource through the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship. As an individual with Down syndrome who has been competitively employed for more than twenty years, Mr. Egan brings a unique and invaluable perspective, and we are grateful for his collaboration.