Developing Community Partnerships to Reach Underserved Diverse Populations
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[Excerpt] Like much of the U.S., Massachusetts is becoming increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. Studies show that the state’s future population growth will come through immigration. Meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds has historically been a challenge for our service systems. With changing demographics, it is more important than ever. Workforce and disability staff may feel uncertain about how to reach these potential consumers. One effort agencies have made is to increase the diversity of their own staff. While this is important, there is an additional strategy you can try: building connections to local community-based or faith-based organizations.
disability; economic growth; labor market; Department of Labor; Office of Disability Employment Policy; public policy; economic independence