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There is a hidden labor market that holds great potential for small businesses struggling to find staff: individuals with developmental disabilities. Arlington County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) already supports over 600 residents with developmental disabilities, many of whom work independently or with County-sponsored help like a job coach.

To bring attention to the unique skills that individuals with developmental disabilities can offer the workforce and create more opportunities for them, the DHS Developmental Services Program is organizing an Employment Summit. This event is not a job fair, but rather aims to break misconceptions, showcase the strengths of these individuals, and educate businesses on this valuable but overlooked workforce.

The Summit is tailored for small and medium-sized businesses and will take place on Wednesday, May 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia. If you are a business in Arlington, you are encouraged to attend on May 29.

For more information or to RSVP, please reach out to Melissa Jesurum, the Developmental Services Employment and Habilitations Contract Manager, at [email protected] or 703-228-1764.

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