SAINT PAUL, Minn. – An estimated 54 million Americans live with a disability. The majority of adults with disabilities are either unemployed or underemployed—despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work in the community and contribute to the economy. Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) has dedicated his career to empowering people with disabilities and helping them gain greater independence and autonomy. Hoffman is honored to be selected to serve on the National Task Force on Workforce Development and Employability for People with Disabilities. The Task Force, hosted by the Council of State Governments, will have its first meeting in Chicago this coming weekend March 19-20.
“Part of the goal of this Task Force is to help identify barriers to employment for people with disabilities and provide policy recommendations to address these barriers. This type of work is really beneficial because I can bring back the things I’ve learned and turn that into progress and change for the people of Minnesota.
Here at the legislature we talk a lot about disparities recently, and we must include people with disabilities, who are twice as likely to be unemployed, in the discussion of individuals that face economic and educational disparities. I’m hoping I can gain new insight at this Task Force and help introduce legislation that will make a difference for those people with disabilities that are hoping to find meaningful work,” said Hoffman.
The National Task Force will meet again in Washington D.C. at the end of April, by conference call in late May, and will launch their national policy framework this fall.