Bridging the Gap: How Arlington County’s Hidden Labor Market of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Can Benefit Local Businesses

Unlocking the potential of individuals with developmental disabilities in the small business sector

Arlington County is facing a staffing shortage, but there is a hidden labor market that holds great potential: individuals with developmental disabilities. These residents have unique skills and talents that can benefit the workforce, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) is taking steps to bring attention to this valuable but overlooked workforce.

On Wednesday, May 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the DHS Developmental Services Program will host an Employment Summit at 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia. The event is not a job fair, but rather aims to break misconceptions about individuals with developmental disabilities and showcase their strengths to businesses in the area.

Small and medium-sized businesses are encouraged to attend the Summit and learn more about how individuals with developmental disabilities can contribute to their workforce. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Melissa Jesurum, the Developmental Services Employment and Habilitations Contract Manager at [email protected] or 703-228-1764.

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