The statewide and national employment narrative over recent years omits a critical part of the story: people with disabilities, who lag far behind averages with more than an 8 percent unemployment rate. A new Spaulding Rehabilitation Network initiative, JobLab, provides a dedicated space at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge to fill that gap and help prospective talent and companies connect in productive ways.

JobLab offers an innovative training suite with classroom space, computers, interview rooms and a quiet work zone, connecting employers with trained, employment ready candidates at no cost. The candidates are supported by and connected to community-based organizations, with the aim of overcoming real and perceived employment barriers for individuals with disabilities. Organizations involved as of JobLab’s January launch include Partners HealthCare, CVSHealth, MassHire, and Partners for Youth and Disabilities—with plans to expand that list as JobLab achieves its goals.

“Core to Spaulding’s mission is finding ways for the communities we serve to achieve the highest quality of life possible,” says David Storto, President, SRN and Partners Continuing Care. “We understand how vital a job is to enhance a person’s overall wellness and dignity.”

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Topics: redesigning care, Community Partnerships

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