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June 7, 2015 12:00 AM

Guest Opinion: Idaho’s citizens with disabilities want to work

There are 99,100 working age people with disabilities (between the ages of 21 to 64) in Idaho. However, only 36.7 percent of them are employed. This leads to poverty, powerlessness and worse. The problem is magnified for the 7,100 young people between the ages of 16 to 20 in Idaho who have disabilities. Most of them want a job – not to sit for decades on their parents’ couches collecting government benefits, experiencing isolation, while their talents go unused.

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