LITTLE ROCK – U.S. News & World Report has identified Arkansas as the top state for people with disabilities to become employed.
The publication compiled the ranking by calculating the ratio of people in the workforce with a disability over people in the workforce without a disability. The distinction follows the 27th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, created to eliminate discrimination and to foster equal opportunity for people with disabilities in every aspect of life. The law outright prohibits discrimination in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, and transportation.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, is charged with preparing Arkansans with disabilities to work and lead independent lives. With 19 field offices throughout the state, the agency provides Arkansans with disabilities with assessments, career planning, and job placement opportunities so clients can care for themselves and their families. The Arkansas Career Training Institute, located in Hot Springs, is a 24-hour rehabilitation center where students receive vocational training and certification in programs like welding, cosmetology, and culinary arts.
“We are proud of this distinction,” said Alan McClain, Commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. “This is a result of the hard work from our entire ARS team, along with dedicated disability service providers throughout the state, who have made it their mission to see that individuals with disabilities find employment. Additionally, this reflects that Arkansas employers recognize the value that individuals of many different abilities bring to a productive and skilled workforce,” he added.
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