Employment

Employment icon. A simplified figure holds a brief case and another figure stands in the background.Our Position

Support the Employment 1st Take Force recommendations and recommend the inclusion of entrepreneurs with disabilities in HUB (historically underutilized business) eligibility.

The Latest

HB 1527 (Simmons, etc.), which adds people with disabilities to the HUB Program, was unanimously voted favorably out of committee. We're working on some bill language to give it a better chance of passing the House. (Apr. 17, 2017)

HB 1527 (Simmons) is being heard in the State Affairs committee. This bill would instruct the state to recognize businesses owned by people with disabilities as Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) for the purproses of state contracts. Thank Rep. Simmons for his bill. (March 22, 2017)

Background

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans with disabilities lives in poverty. This financial disparity limits choices on where one lives, impacts mental and physical health, and diminishes quality of life. This disparity is further reinforced by the high unemployment rates of individuals with disabilities. For those with disabilities, lack of access to the same educational and employment opportunities as others without disabilities, frequently results in reliance on public benefits that does not offer the minimum income necessary to provide economic security.

Consider these recent stats:

  ppl w disabilities ppl w out disabilities
Labor Force Participation (as of Dec. 2016. Source) 20.1% 68.1%
Unemployment rate (as of Dec. 2016. Source) 9% 4.3%
Unemployment rate for college graduates aged 16- 74 years (as of 2008. Source) 6.5% 2.2%

Even a college degree does not come close to eliminating the employment gap.

To address this disparity in Texas, CTD supported the Texas Employment First Task Force Policy Recommendations in 2015, and will continue to push for them in 2017:

1. Establish an inter-agency task force to develop strategies for State agencies to become model employers of individuals with disabilities. Strategies may include:

2. Support self-employment and small business ventures by people with disabilities by amending the Texas Government Code to redefine the category of “economically disadvantaged person” (currently limited to women, racial minorities, and veterans with service-connected disabilities) to include civilians with disabilities for purposes of recognizing some businesses as “Historically Underutilized Businesses” for preferential treatment in government contracting.


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