Gary Siperstein, director of UMass Boston's Center for Social Development and Education, says "in spite of tens of millions of dollars spent on programs for better outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities, the needle hasn't moved much."
Article on the Cardinal Cushing Centers's Pathways to Employment program mentions a 2014 Special Olympics study conducted by UMass Boston and Gallup which found that just 44 percent of intellectually disabled adults are employed or looking for work, compared with 83 percent of non-disabled adults.
Boston marathoner Molly Wade, who is pledging to raise $6,000 for UMass Boston's Camp Shriver during the lead-up to the 2015 Boston Marathon, raised $1,500 during a backyard fundraiser on November 14. Camp Shriver is one of the few camps for children with intellectual disabilities and those without.
The Special Olympics Global Collaborating Center, based in the Center for Social Development and Education, reports that nine in 10 youths between the ages of 8 and 18 have heard others use the offensive word "retarded."
A new study co-authored by Center for Social Development and Education Director Gary Siperstein finds that most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions of dollars spent on government programs to help them.