My previous mail to you has the wrong bill number for the Employment First Legislation. That is corrected in this email to you. Please support House Bill 2591.I am on my way to the Capitol for the next few days to seek support for House Bill 2591 which would make Illinois an Employment First State The Arc is working with the Employment & Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force on this bill.


Representative Golar is the Chief Sponsor of HB 2591.

We are also hosting a Legislative Coffee with the Going Home Coalition to discuss the Governor’s Rebalancing Initiative with members of the House and Senate.

ACTION: Please ask your Illinois State Representative to become a Co-Sponsor of House Bill 2519. A fact sheet follows on the Employment First legislation. Don’t know who your State Representative is, just go to this link: Find Your Legislator

Here is a link to the Employment First Legislation Fact Sheet – HB 2591 also below.

Here is a link to the bill: House Bill 2591 – Employment First

Tony

SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 2591

Employment First for Persons with Disabilities in Illinois

SPONSORED BY:  Rep. Esther Golar
 
Please become a co-sponsor of House Bill 2591
 
WHAT THE BILL DOES:

Declares Illinois an Employment First State consistent with Gov. Quinn’s
2013 State of the State Address and aligns Illinois with over 30 other States that have embraced Employment First as statewide policy

Establishes competitive employment in integrated settings as the first option for persons with disabilities in Illinois of working age

Requires State agencies to coordinate their efforts and collaborate to ensure that employment first is fully implemented for persons with disabilities

Requires State agencies to share data and information across systems to track progress toward full implementation of employment first

Makes the Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (EEOPWD) Task Force responsible for establishing measurable goals and objectives for the State of Illinois and monitoring progress to ensure implementation of Employment First in Illinois (The EEOPWD Task Force was established under the Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Act, Public Act 96-368, effective 8-13-09, 20 ILCS 4095.)

Requires all State agencies to fully cooperate with the EEOPWD Task Force and to provide data and information to the EEOPWD Task Force; and requires the EEOPWD Task Force to include a progress report as part of its annual report.   

The EEOPWD Task Force includes advocates, persons with disabilities, business community members, disability services providers, representatives of State agencies and other stakeholders.                         

WHY THE BILL IS NEEDED:

Times are Changing: Disability is no longer an insurmountable barrier to employment due to innovative practices and changes in technology

Census data shows that the employment rate for persons with disabilities in Illinois is at least 50% lower than the rate of employment for all Illinois adults of working age and even lower than that for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Competitive work in integrated settings for persons with disabilities fosters self-sufficiency, independent living, higher self-esteem and integration into the community at-large

Illinois communities and businesses benefit from increased diversity in the workforce, ability to market to the disability community as a source of commerce, and the efficiencies of tasks adapted specifically for a person with disabilities

Opportunities for competitive employment in integrated settings as the first choice for persons with disabilities will raise expectations for our residents with disabilities who are entering or have reached working age.

 Please become a co-sponsor of House Bill 2591
 
 
SUPPORT EMPLOYMENT FIRST FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN ILLINOIS   VOTE ‘YES” on HB 2591.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
 
 TONY PAULAUSKI,
Tony@TheArcofIL.org
 815-464-1832 or
 
PHIL MILSK,
PhilMilsk@aol.com
217-899-1566
 


Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
 
Tony@www.thearcofil.org