Maine Employer Practices and Attitudes Regarding Employing People with Disabilities. The CHOICES CEO Project Muskie School, University of Southern Maine and Planning Decisions, Inc. Purpose of Research. In an environment of limited federal funds and
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The CHOICES CEO Project
Muskie School, University of Southern Maine
and Planning Decisions, Inc.
In an environment of
-- if we want to increase employment for people with disabilities, we need to work with the private sector
This requires an understanding of where they are coming from. That is the purpose of this research.
1 in 3 with self-care, mental, or physical disabilities have jobs; 1 in 2 with sensory or employment-related disabilities (2000 Census, Maine)
The most frequent suggestions were...
Most with an opinion were from larger companies.
Small business owners had few suggestions.
Most small business people have little experience with people with disabilities, and many feel that people with disabilities cannot do the work.
Therefore, education about the capabilities of people with disabilities is an important first step
For businesses interested in employing people with disabilities, readily-available and usable information on programs and legal issues is important, as is personal support from referring agencies.
These matter more than financial subsidies.
Needs of Private Human Resource Managers
Views of Public Sector Placement Officials
Temporary staffing service views
Temporary services commonly used by employers as a way to “try out” employees at low risk –
but disabilities system does not recognize temporary work as a successful case outcome, and therefore case workers are not motivated to pursue these temporary jobs!
The Maine Choices project is described fully at:
The first year employment research report can be found at: