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Mayoral Task Force Releases Report on Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities

Posted in: News
March 27th, 2019
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On February 27th Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the release of a new report from his Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for People with Disabilities. The 26 member Task Force, led by Karen Tamley, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), includes representatives from workforce agencies, local disability leaders, job seekers, employers and representatives from state and local government, as well as a representative from Disability:IN Chicagoland. The Task force, launched in July of 2017, identified four priority areas for its recommendations: 1) encouraging economic development through entrepreneurship; 2) aligning, enhancing and promoting comprehensive job training and placement; 3) facilitating greater participation of students in higher education for careers; and 4) examining City of Chicago policies that promote and/or discourage employment. In response to these recommendations, the City announced a commitment to create 30 new internships this year for City Colleges of Chicago students with disabilities. The full text of the report is available online here.