As many of you know, Virtually Here and Jacqui Davis are very involved in Special Education. Jacqui has a sister, Jillian, with Down Syndrome.
Yesterday Jacqui Davis, the owner of Virtually Here, attended a conference about Adults with Down Syndrome, put on by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. They presented a new campaign called “Your Next Star“.
What is Your Next Star?
People with Down Syndrome are ready and able to work, but they are not getting the chance. Employees with Down Syndrome and other disabilities typically show more loyalty and lower turnover than their non-disabled peers. And their job performance ratings are the same. But they have drastically higher unemployment rates. That’s why we created Your Next Star…. to open the eyes of employers in Massachusetts to the power of people with Down Syndrome in the workforce, and help them find the qualified candidates they need.
How Can You Help?
Promote meaningful employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome by contributing to the Your Next Star campaign.
Your Next Star is partnering with the Employment First initiative at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and their Regional Employment Collaboratives throughout the state, helping employers like you find qualified, pre-screened candidates with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Employment liaisons in each region can help you determine your needs and match job opportunities, and you can join a job developers network to coordinate efforts and share job leads with other employers. To learn more click here.
When people with disabilities are gainfully employed, paying taxes and participating in the economy, it’s a win-win for students, employers and our society.
In Massachusetts, students with disabilities need to be prepared for employment, and adults with disabilities need to have real employment opportunities. Government support and services are critical to making this a reality.
Ask your legislators to support two of the state’s critical initiatives – the Blueprint for Success and the Inclusive Concurrent Enrolment Initiative. For a form letter click here.
The reality of competitive business these days is that employers have to stay focused on… well, business. That means that if they don’t already know someone with Down Syndrome, they probably never gave the idea of hiring someone much thought. And if they did, where would they start? Click here for a form letter to share or share this campagin on your social media outlets.
Your funds will directly support self advocates getting higher education opportunities, learning job skills, and opening the eyes of employers to the abilities of people with disabilities. Click here to donate.