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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce the Transition to Independence Act

Bill will help integrate people with disabilities into competitive employment

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Washington, February 5, 2018 | comments

Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Bill Foster (D-IL), Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) today introduced the Transition to Independence Act, a bill that encourages states to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities to find competitive, integrated employment in the community.

“Too many people with disabilities still face significant barriers to meaningful employment at a competitive wage,” said Congressman Langevin, co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus in Congress. “This legislation creates a pathway for individuals with disabilities to access more rewarding and productive job opportunities that foster independence and lead to a higher quality of life.”

“Every person deserves the chance to work. Unfortunately, individuals with disabilities still face discrimination and work environments that separate them from opportunities that could help them advance their skills,” said Congressman Foster. “This legislation will help to empower individuals with disabilities reach their full potential to lead happy and fulfilling lives. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and thank Congressman Langevin and Congressman Harper for their leadership on this important issue.” 

“Earlier this year my son who is a Down syndrome young man was hired at Home Depot,” said Congressman Sessions. “Each and every day Alex goes to work with a smile on his face and a great attitude. Home Depot saw more than just a disability, they saw the light and love that anyone who knows Alex sees. I am proud to cosponsor this bill to ensure that Medicaid Buy-In States are incentivized to provide opportunities like integrated employment for young men and women like Alex to grow and flourish in the workplace.”

“This bill is an important step towards ensuring that individuals with disabilities can reach their full potential and achieve meaningful work,” said Congressman Beyer. “I thank Congressman Langevin for being a forceful advocate for equal opportunity and independence for the disability community.”

The Transition to Independence Act would enable 15 states with a Medicaid Buy-In option to establish demonstration programs that help people with disabilities move out of segregated work environments and into community-based employment settings. By providing access to accurate information and increasing coordination of key support services, this legislation will promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and greater inclusion within the community.

A copy of the bill can be found here.

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