Members announced for new disability employment advisory committee

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Federal Employment Committee Membership Announced

The Department of Labor announced January 5 the 17 people who will serve on a new disability advisory committee, created as part of a comprehensive employment bill passed by Congress in July.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which updates a 1998 bill of the same name, require states to reduce their reliance on separate employment facilities for people with disabilities, known as “sheltered workshops” by their critics.

The new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities is tasked with advising the Secretary of Labor on ways to improve integrated, competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

“It has been demonstrated, time and time again, that when people with disabilities have access to meaningful employment opportunities, they become some of the most productive workers and contribute in a substantial way to their workplaces and the economy,” Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said in a news release. “Employing people with disabilities is a win-win for workers, employers and the entire community.

“This is sound public policy, and the advisory committee will help us expand opportunities for more people with disabilities.”

The list of representatives can be read here.

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  1. Employment has been the most effective force in my recovery with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type yet. I have worked as a peer specialist for two years now contributing at a major mental health nonprofit. Thanks for your work on this issue disability rights.

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