You want to hire people with disabilities, perhaps Down syndrome, but you aren’t sure where to start. First, thank you for your interest! It is employers like you which will start to chip away at the 75% unemployment rate of people with disabilities in Kern County. Here is a resource you might find useful. Self-advocate and National Down Syndrome Society DS-Ambassador David Egan has been employed for over two decades. He was the first person with DS to receive the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship, and he has written an employment guide called, “Valued, Able, and Ready to Work: Employing Individuals with Down syndrome”.

There are legislative efforts supported through national organizations like NDSS, Best Buddies and The Arc which can support you if you have more questions. Thank you for your interest!