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Intellectually Disabled Struggling To Find Work

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions of dollars spent on government programs to help them.
    
Even when they find work, it's often part-time, in a dead-end job or for pay below minimum wage.
    
A recent survey finds only 44 percent of intellectually disabled adults are in the labor force, while just 34 percent actually are working. That compares with 83 percent of nondisabled, working-age adults who are in the workforce.
    
The survey commissioned by Special Olympics finds 28 percent of working-age adults with intellectual disabilities have never held a job.
    
Disability advocates say the jobs picture will remain bleak until there are better programs to help disabled people find jobs while they are still in school.

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