Massachusetts Announces New Employment Campaign and Website
The campaign, initiated by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC), is being implemented in collaboration with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Regional Employment Collaboratives which are funded in part by the Department. The Regional Employment Collaboratives will provide a single point of contact for employers responding to this campaign. Massachusetts DDS is home to a number of collaborative efforts to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The website, Your Next Star includes videos and links to take action to support increased employment opportunities.
“For the MDSC and our members, people with Down syndrome having successful work lives directly relates to everything we do,” said Maureen Gallagher, the executive director of MDSC. “Expectant parents need to know their children will have complete, fulfilling lives as adults. Families with school-age children need to know all their educational efforts will pay off in the real world. And employment is a huge part of the equation when talking about all our programs, whether it’s related to inclusion, leadership, or social opportunities.”
While focused on opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, the information on the site is relevant for all who love, work with, live with, and spend time with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
FMI: Additional information regarding Massachusetts employment efforts can be found here www.employmentfirstma.org.