Despite South Carolina’s unemployment rate below 4.5%, over 68% of working-age residents with disabilities do not participate in the labor market.
The State of South Carolina makes no attempt to promote inclusive employment in its over 92,000 positions.
Unlocking the Barrier: South Carolina State Government must lead the employment of people with disabilities by example.
Over 9,000 South Carolinians with disabilities are limited to sheltered workshop settings, where they may make less than a dollar per hour.
Unlocking the Barrier: SC must remove any and all basis for subminimum wage.
Too often, professionals make assumptions about an individual’s work capacity, building a pipeline to sheltered workshops, underemployment and unemployment.
Unlocking the Barrier: All agencies serving people with disabilities with public funds should focus on competitive, inclusive employment as the first and preferred outcome (Employment First).