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Oct. 17, 2013IA |  By: INS

Iowans with Disabilities

People with disabilities trying to break into the workforce make up one of Iowa's great untapped resources.

Becky Harker with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council says these workers, more than equal to the task, just need the opportunity to prove it.

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Nearly 350-thousand Iowans have some type of disability, and only about one in five has full-time employment. Harker also notes that the rate of poverty among those with disabilities in the state is nearly double that of other Iowans.

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This is Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. A forum on how to empower individuals with disabilities through employment will be held this Thursday in Ankeny, cohosted by Governor Branstad and Senator Harkin. Gov. Branstad and Sen. Harkin will cohost a forum Thursday about making the Iowa business community more inclusive to those with disabilities. Only 22 percent of Iowans with disabilities currently have full-time employment.