Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, a time to promote inclusion in the workplace for those with disabilities.

Local Congressman Bill Foster did just that when he invited parents and caregivers to attend a panel discussion titled “Americans with Disabilities: Transitioning to Adulthood” at Waubonsie Valley High School.

State Senator Linda Holmes and local and state organizations joined him to discuss the new challenges families will face as their young adult with disabilities grows up.

“It means that children will have new concerns, including transportation, simply getting a place to live, continued vocational training and everything that will be important to having the care they need in all phases of their life,” said Bill Foster, U.S. Congressman for the Illinois 11th Congressional District.

Other topics discussed were how to preserve and expand programs for people with disabilities and how to better include them in the community.

Back in 2013, Governor Quinn signed the Employment First Act Law, which requires Illinois State Agencies to make disability employment a priority.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek Reports.

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