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.