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3 CEOs pledge to help create 1 million jobs for people with special needs by 2025

3 CEOs pledge to help create 1 million jobs for people with special needs by 2025

Three CEOs have launched a campaign to help create 1 million jobs and leadership opportunities for people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental differences by 2025.

The chief executives of Autism Speaks, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics jointly announced Tuesday they will take part in a new Developing Jobs campaign to advocate for new jobs and other leadership opportunities for the special needs community over next five years. They are partnering with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and an outside monitoring group to keep them on track with the ambitious goal.

“Basically what it is is an inclusion campaign designed to create pathways to these employment opportunities and leadership opportunities,” Mary Davis, the CEO of the Special Olympics, told ABC News. “From our perspective, what we are focusing on is the leadership skills and the training that happens on and off the sports field and playing field, these are skills that you can directly transfer in the community and in the workplace.”

“They definitely have the ability, the issue is that’s not always seen by the employer,” Davis said.

Source: ABC News

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