Sen. Amanda L. Shelton proffered an amendment to the budget act to allocate funds for job coaches for individuals with disabilities to the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID).
“Individuals with disabilities have the right to gainful employment, and maintaining employment with the help of job coaches provides an opportunity for greater independence and participation within our community,” Shelton said.
“When adults with disabilities want to work and want the satisfaction of providing for themselves, we must do what we can to support them with the resources they need and maintain our investment in our people.”
A job coach assists individuals with disabilities in performing their work duties. These coaches may work with individuals one-on-one or in a small group setting.
Job coaches provide critical support to help individuals with disabilities learn, accommodate, and perform their work duties. With meaningful gainful employment, individuals with disabilities gain self-esteem and long-term financial security.
“Under current law, the government of Guam is required to comprise 2 percent of its workforce by employing individuals with disabilities," Shelton said. "The protection of these funds supports our commitment to ensure inclusion within our government.”