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People On The Go Breaks Down Barriers to Employment

People On The Go Breaks Down Barriers to Employment

Left to Right: Tami Goldsmith, Mat Rice, and Ken Capone at the 2014 APSE Conference

In July, People On The Go participated in the Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) annual conference in Long Beach, California, where they presented their real life experiences with employment. APSE is an organization that develops strategies to ensure equitable employment for citizens with disabilities. The event is the only national conference of its kind focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment. 

Integrated, competitive employment is the top priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities, but participation in the workforce and employment rates for people with disabilities remain critically low, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Mat Rice and Ken Capone of People On The Go of Maryland presented strategies for employment, including resume tips, understanding disability employment rights, the benefits of job coaches and support staff, and how to advocate for a job of your choice.  People On The Go of Maryland is Maryland's state-wide self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities. It receives financial support from the Maryland DD Council in partnership with the MCDD to provide information, training and advocacy support to disability self-advocates around the state.