Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications


As Economy Climbs, Don’t Leave People with Disabilities Behind

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Center for Health Policy and Research

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News Article


Disabled Persons; Employment; Massachusetts


Social Welfare


An op/ed in the Boston Globe explaining the importance of hiring people with disabilities as the economy strengthens. The column discusses the need to allay any fears and uncertainties associated with hiring people with disabilities. There are approximately 200,000 adults with disabilities in Massachusetts who are willing and able to work, but are unemployed. Without employment, many individuals with disabilities live at or close to the poverty level. There are opportunities for employers to offer positions to people with disabilities or provide work experience through internships. Employers can learn more at Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative.


Brett, J., and Henry, A. (2012, March 23). As economy climbs, don't leave people with disabilities behind. Boston Globe, "The Podium" Blog. Link to article on Boston Globe website. Article is also reproduced in full on the New England Council website.

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Boston Globe