President’s Task Force on Apprenticeships Must Consider People with Disabilities

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2017

Contact: David Card
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WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) urges the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to consider the needs of individuals with disabilities.

NDRN believes this goal aligns with the mission of the Task Force to identify “strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.”

Individuals with disabilities make up a large portion of our country, and include wounded warriors, people who are blind or deaf, and individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability, all of whom face major obstacles obtaining employment. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains twice that of workers without a disability, despite the fact that there are 6.1 million available jobs in the United States.

The Task Force has a unique opportunity to address the needs of both the business community and the disability community by taking a comprehensive and inclusive approach to apprenticeship expansion. To do otherwise would be an unacceptable outcome.  

NDRN calls on the Task Force to look at issues of services and supports for individuals with disabilities, so all Americans can participate in these important programs.

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.