Your Next Star Could Be Someone with Down Syndrome
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) has built an employment initiative that engages employers and opens doors for good, meaningful jobs for the self-advocate members in their community. "Your Next Star" was launched two years ago and is a clarion call for employers to diversify their workforces by including people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
"We're talking about the positive benefits that people with Down syndrome bring to an organization," said MDSC Communications Director Josh Komyerov. "They add to the organizational health of the employer. The organizational health of leadership, client satisfaction, motivation - all those things are huge benefits to hiring people with disabilities."
Executive Director Maureen Gallagher with Komyerov are co-presenting a session at the DSAIA Leadership Conference in Cincinnati Feb 23-26 to further explore with DSA leaders the benefits of a diverse workforce, innovative approaches to hiring people with disabilities, and examples of successful employers and approaches that lead to success.
For more information on Your Next Star, visit www.yournextstar.org.