The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives will decide next week whether to support increased employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Passing HB 400 will help these youth secure part-time and summer jobs while still in high school, improving their chances of being employed after graduation.
Please call or e-mail your Representative by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 13 and ask them to vote yes on HB 400. Let them know:
- 65% of youth with disabilities can't find a job after they graduate high school;
- Data shows that when people with disabilities are employed while in high school, they are 2.5 times more likely to work after high school;
- HB 400 improves the reach and capacity of Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) services;
- HB 400, introduced by Representative Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon), has broad bi-partisan support.
Background on HB 400:
Pennsylvania invests an average of $200,000 on the education of a young person with disabilities. Instead of gaining the meaningful employment they've worked hard for, many end up staying at home or finding limited, unfulfilling work. They want to be taxpaying, productive members of an integrated workforce.
HB 400 will give young people with disabilities an opportunity to obtain part-time employment while still in high school, with the support from OVR. These youth will be more prepared to transition out of high school into adulthood.
You can easily contact your representative online through The Arc of PA website by clicking here.