Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council “State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2017”
The number of people served in integrated employment has risen gradually and steadily since 1990. The integrated employment rate in MA for 2014 for state ID/DD agencies was 36% (19% nationally). Integrated employment funding for MA state ID/DD agencies decreased between 2011 and 2012. However in 2014, funding increased to $44,606,312. In 2014, there were 5,739 participants in MA ID/DD agency- employment programs. The gap in employment between individuals with and without disabilities in 2013 was 42.1% between people with any disability and 50.2% between people with a cognitive disability.
The MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the MA Commission for the Blind (MCB) provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for the state. MRC’s mission is to “promote equality, empowerment and independence with individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouraging
person choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community.”
- Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council