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Finding jobs for adults with disabilities in our area

    A recent survey found that only 34% of adults with intellectual disabilities in the United States are employed. That includes several thousand individuals in Greater Cincinnati. For years, training centers or sheltered workshops have provided work opportunities for adults with disabilities. But there is a current push in many states to close these centers and direct individuals towards community-based employment. But incorporating people with intellectual disabilities into the general workforce is a challenge. Here to discuss how best to provide employment opportunities to adults with intellectual disabilities are Pamela Green, president and CEO of Easter Seals Tristate; Keith Banner, employment services coordinator for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and Zach Hawthorne, a client of the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.