Black individuals with disabilities have the lowest employment rates in the region

– In the Greater Washington region, almost 56% of individuals with disabilities are employed. While this number is greater than the nationwide statistic, the employment rates are not equal across race in the region. Sixty-six percent of Asians, 61% of Latinx, and 59% of whites with disabilities are employed here, but only 48% of Blacks with disabilities are employed. (WAMU, 10/17)

“If you look at the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), employment is central to its goals, and [the country has] a lot more to do on that front,” Martha Ross, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, says. Equal opportunity for employment, along with full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency are objectives clearly articulated by the ADA.

“A lot of what is necessary to fix this is what’s necessary for good workforce development policy overall,” Ross says. “We have to look at employers and make sure they know that this is a good pool from which to draw, know how to recruit folks, and to accommodate them if necessary.”

– Urban Alliance and Martha’s Table have partnered to provide workforce readiness training to DC youth in wards 7 and 8. (WJLA, 10/15)

– The DC Public School system has partnered with Bard College to open a school that will allow students to graduate from high school with an associates degree. (WaPo, 10/17)

– A Decade After Approving Casinos, Maryland Voters Are Asked To Lock Away Gambling Money For Schools (WAMU, 10/17)

TRANSIT | The National Capital Region’s Transportation Planning Board has approved a plan for the future of transportation in the region. The blueprint includes a list of possible highway and transit projects and plans for metro and commuter rail service. (WaPo, 10/17)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County– New!
Director of Program Fund Development | National Society of Black Engineers– New!
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation– New!
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource– New!
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource– New!
Grants Manager | DC SCORES– New!
Grants Administrator | Healthcare Initiative Foundation
Executive Assistant | Virginia Hospital Medical Brigade
Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation
Program Director for Criminal Justice | Public Welfare Foundation
Director of HR/Talent | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Senior Program Associate | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Director, Corporate Partnerships | Exponent Philanthropy
Program Officer | The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Community Investment Fellow | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Digital Marketing Manager | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Associate, Design and Web | Flamboyan Foundation
Communications Manager, Content and Digital | Flamboyan Foundation
Grants Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)
Chief Development Officer | EveryMind
Director of Development | DC Bar Foundation
Institutional Fundraising Coordinator | Shakespeare Theatre Company
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Vice-President for Development and Communications | Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED)
Development Manager | Leadership Greater Washington
Senior Managing Director, Finance & Operations | Flamboyan Foundation
Institutional Giving Associate | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Director, Institutional Giving | Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

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