ACCSES Supports a Full Array of Employment Options for People with Disabilities Joins over 1,200 Organizations to Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ACCSES, the voice of more than 1,200 disability service providers across the nation, joins its members to celebrate NDEAM by supporting the full array of employment options for people with disabilities and recognizing their contributions to the American workforce.

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ACCSES recognizes that work is a valued activity both for the individual and society, providing both tangible and intangible benefits such as independence, economic self-sufficiency, dignity, self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Individuals, including individuals with disabilities, should enjoy every opportunity to pursue careers, participate in the workforce and engage actively in the economic marketplace.

ACCSES supports a full array of community-based employment opportunities for persons with the most significant disabilities provided by qualified rehabilitation professionals. These include: Supported employment and customized employment opportunities provided in competitive, integrated settings; self-employment; and employment opportunities in skill development centers and disability-focused non-profit businesses operated by accredited community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). ACCSES also supports federal policy that facilitates employment options for all individuals, including those who do not meet productivity standards (without or without reasonable accommodations) through Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

ACCSES believes public policy should encourage and facilitate efforts to find competitive integrated employment opportunities (at or above the minimum or prevailing wage) as the presumptive, priority outcome. For those who have not been exposed to competitive integrated employment, public policy should also encourage ongoing exposure to alternative career exploration in competitive integrated employment.

"We support initiatives to enhance meaningful opportunities, options, and choices for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including enhanced opportunities to work in competitive integrated employment (at or above the minimum or prevailing wage) and self-employment," said Terry Farmer, ACCSES CEO. "We celebrate NDEAM by continuing to support the broadest range of options and opportunities for all individuals, regardless of the their level of disability."

ACCSES represents more than 1,200 disability service providers across the country. ACCSES works to promote and enhance community-based solutions that maximize person-centered employment and living opportunities for people with disabilities. Through collaboration with government and other stakeholders, ACCSES assures that services recognize and support the full potential of each person with a disability. Learn more at www.accses.org.

Media Contact: Terry Farmer, ACCSES, 202-349-4258, trfarmer@accses.org

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