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3:33 AM, Jun. 29, 2011
Written by Megan Williams

WAYNESBORO — David Murray knew the job search wasn’t going to be easy.

Besides the tough job market, the 20-year-old had another disadvantage: he has a learning disability.

Unemployment for Virginia job seekers with disabilities is twice that of the general population.

But Murray, with the help of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, where he is currently a student, has a leg up.


He received a Career Readiness Certificate, a component of former Governor Mark Warner’s “Education for a Lifetime” initiative, which illustrates for employers the skills the holder has.


“It felt wonderful,” Murray said when he found out that his performance on the test qualified him for a silver certificate, meaning he has the skills to perform over 11,700 jobs, according to ACT Inc., which developed the test.”I feel that if there are two people who come for a job and I have a certificate and the other person doesn’t then I have a better chance of getting a job.”


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http://www.newsleader.com/article/20110629/NEWS01/106290328/Summit-focuses-helping-people-disabilities-find-work



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