It’s NOT just WORK…

Kathy Martinez, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, recently wrote a great story titled Stepping Up to the Plate on The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. She remarks about the connection sports and employment have on one another, and mentions the impact Special Olympics has had on the two…

“…sports are ingrained in the American psyche; they’re a cultural force.  …they have the power not only to bring people together for fun and recreation, but also to shape societal attitudes.”

“Of course, sports can also have a big impact at the individual level, especially when it comes to youth. There is a powerful relationship between extracurricular activities and employment. According to data from Special Olympics, the largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities and a founding member of the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment, 52 percent of adult Special Olympics athletes in the U.S. are employed, and half of those are in competitive employment. Compare that against the estimated employment rate for adults with intellectual disabilities in general, which is 10 percent.” Read the full article here


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