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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016



Last week, Governor Markell and I joined young people with disabilities, their parents and advocates as we celebrated the success of Pathways to Employment. Pathways supports young people age 14 to 25 as they make their transition from school to the world of work.

Inspired by Governor Markell’s commitment to advancing employment opportunities for people of all abilities, the Department of Health and Social Services started Pathways about a year ago as the first program of its kind in the country. With financial support from our Medicaid program, we’re helping reduce the barriers to employment through such services as assistive technology, career exploration and personal care. We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division for Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Education and, of course, from employers across our state who have recognized that their organizations are stronger when they embrace the skills and talents of all of our people.

Last week, we celebrated enrolling 248 young people in Pathways, including 21-year-old Jakai Walker. Jakai was hired in August by the Casino at Delaware Park to work in its Food and Beverage Department. Jakai’s mother said the kitchen is the one area he has loved since grade school. We know there are many more young people like Jakai who could benefit from the services of Pathways to Employment to fulfill their passions and reach their full potential.

To learn about eligibility, call 1-800-223-9074 or visit the DHSS website. As Governor Markell said last week, hiring people with disabilities isn’t about charity. It’s about maximizing everyone’s gifts and talents. That’s why you have our commitment to keep advancing employment opportunities for all individuals with disabilities as we keep Delaware moving forward.

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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Advancing Employment Opportunities for Individuals of All Abilities

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016



Last week, Governor Markell and I joined young people with disabilities, their parents and advocates as we celebrated the success of Pathways to Employment. Pathways supports young people age 14 to 25 as they make their transition from school to the world of work.

Inspired by Governor Markell’s commitment to advancing employment opportunities for people of all abilities, the Department of Health and Social Services started Pathways about a year ago as the first program of its kind in the country. With financial support from our Medicaid program, we’re helping reduce the barriers to employment through such services as assistive technology, career exploration and personal care. We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from the Delaware Department of Labor’s Division for Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Education and, of course, from employers across our state who have recognized that their organizations are stronger when they embrace the skills and talents of all of our people.

Last week, we celebrated enrolling 248 young people in Pathways, including 21-year-old Jakai Walker. Jakai was hired in August by the Casino at Delaware Park to work in its Food and Beverage Department. Jakai’s mother said the kitchen is the one area he has loved since grade school. We know there are many more young people like Jakai who could benefit from the services of Pathways to Employment to fulfill their passions and reach their full potential.

To learn about eligibility, call 1-800-223-9074 or visit the DHSS website. As Governor Markell said last week, hiring people with disabilities isn’t about charity. It’s about maximizing everyone’s gifts and talents. That’s why you have our commitment to keep advancing employment opportunities for all individuals with disabilities as we keep Delaware moving forward.

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