Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Commissioner Karen Tamley, and community leaders announced the release of the Mayoral Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for People Disabilities set of recommendations. In addition to the release, Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Tamley also announced the City’s commitment to creating 30 new internships for City Colleges of Chicago students with disabilities this year, as recommended in the report.
“I applaud the Task Force for their passion and dedication to ensuring all Chicagoans have access the vital employment opportunities across our city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This new report offers a blueprint for ensuring residents with disabilities have an equal opportunity to start their education, their business, and embark on a great career.”
“Employment is one of the most important issues facing Chicagoans with disabilities and is essential to our economic strength,” said MOPD Commissioner Karen Tamley. “By working with community members, employers, and educators, we will be able to harness untapped talent, grow jobs, and move closer to our goal of making Chicago the most accessible in the nation.”
The Mayoral Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities was launched on July 26, 2017, the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and comprised of 26 members representing workforce agencies, disability leaders, job seekers, employers and representatives from local and state government agencies.
The Task Force defined four areas of focus and specific recommendations aimed at improving employment outcomes of people with disabilities. Those priorities and recommendations include:
About the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities: The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) promotes total access, full participation and equal opportunity for people with disabilities of all ages in all aspects of life. It seeks to accomplish this mission through a multi-faceted approach that includes systemic change, education and training, advocacy and direct services. MOPD works to meet the diverse needs of the more than 600,000 individuals with disabilities who live and work in Chicago, and make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation.