“The Time to Start is Now”: PFP-IDE Alumnus Brian Malika on Good Jobs for Disabled Workers

Brian Malika, social worker, counselor, and Fall 2018 PFP-IDE alumnus, offers his perspective on why efforts to resolve chronic education and employment barriers often fail to include persons with disabilities and what steps must be taken immediately to make a difference. In an commentary for the Czech think tank Project Syndicate, Brian lays out an argument for why economic empowerment requires not just quality inclusive education but support for job coaching and other resources that help individuals with disabilities transition into the workplace and transform how employers see them.

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Brian Malika is a social worker, counselor and Founder of the One Percent Initiative in Kenya. He was a Fall 2018 PFP-IDE Fellow at the University of Indiana.