ABCD Participates in NJBIA Series on the Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities
On June 22, over 200 took part in the first in a series of webinars hosted by NJBIA which gathered stakeholders to identify steps to enhance opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities ensuring they have an opportunity to participate in the employment community. Viewers heard from employers and employees about their experiences, and from representatives from The Supports Program and Employment Services in NJ DDD and NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, NJ DOL. ABCD member, Community Access Unlimited secured the participation of Mishanda Brown, whose efforts bring and keep CAU members in the Amazon workforce through their Abilities Program and Reginald Payne a CAU member who works for Target and for the last 20 years, Shoprite.
Senate President Sweeney is responsible for initiating the recent focus to employ the most underutilized workforce in the nation – from a small roundtable of agencies back in March to a flurry of legislation supporting employment for people with disabilities passing through the NJ Legislature, to this big push by NJBIA. Amidst FY’22 Budget deliberations, the Senate President was able to join the meeting for a short while to alert employers that the current crisis in employment could be overcome, in part, by hiring people with disabilities.
Special thanks to Chrissy Buteas Chief of Government Affairs at NJBIA for organizing and hosting the event and for Danielle Wink Government Affairs Associate at NJBIA for her efforts behind the scenes.
Check out ABCD’s Day Program Committee employment flyer, attached.