Our Disability Taskforce Will Increase Employment, Education

Jointly created by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Roberto Maldonado, the Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities launched today to advise the city on relevant policies and programs to increase employment and other opportunities to benefit residents with disabilities.

“There is no question that the only way to succeed in today’s economy is with a strong education and well-paying job,” said Alderman Maldonado. “This Task Force will address the employment  gap for persons with disabilities head on, with a goal of opening new doors of opportunity that will  lead to economic advancement for everyone in our city.”

Increasing employment and economic development opportunities is critical to people with disabilities being able to live independently, accessing quality education, job training, transportation, and housing.

To address the employment gap, the Task Force will work to advance policies and programs that  better prepare students with disabilities for higher education; increase alignment on job training  opportunities between employers and service providers, and encourage economic development  through entrepreneurship and a review of new and existing policies to ensure that the interests of  people with disabilities are represented.

Increasing employment and economic development opportunities is critical to people with disabilities being able to live independently, accessing quality education, job training, transportation, and housing.