Enable America Supports National Governor's Association Report on Employment of People with Disabilities

Washington, DC, August 08, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Enable America, a non-profit working to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities, strongly supports this month’s findings from the National Governor’s Association (NGA), as is urging government leaders to review and implement the NGA’s recommendations.

The report, “A Better Bottom Line, Employing People with Disabilities,” not only raises awareness of ongoing needs, it also provides policymakers with options and strategies to support this population.

“As governors and chief executive officers of our states, we have an opportunity to forge a path so that all citizens have an equal opportunity to lead independent and productive lives,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell, NGA Chairman. “It’s the right thing to do.”

“We commend the work of Governor Markell and the NGA, and fully support these findings,” said Richard Salem, founder and chairman of Enable America. “The NGA concludes what Enable America understands and has experienced, that employment of people with disabilities is not charity, but good business.”

The 44-page report includes specific and detailed policy recommendations, centered around five goals:

· Make disability employment part of the state workforce development strategy.
· Find and support businesses in their efforts to employ people with disabilities.
· Be a model employer by increasing the number of people with disabilities working in state government.
· Prepare youth with disabilities for careers that use their full potential, providing employers with a pipeline of skilled workers.
· Make the best use of limited resources to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Enable America has established programs that can further assist states in achieving these objectives. Since 2002, Enable America has worked nationwide to improve employment opportunities, through engagement programs that include Job Skills Workshops, Career Mentoring Days, VetConnect programs for disabled veterans and wounded warriors, as well as Community Connection and Business to Business meetings. These programs build bridges between employers and improve employment opportunities for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.

“Enable America remains committed to improving employment situations for those we serve, and we thank our many corporate sponsors and participants for their support in these efforts,” said Enable America’s Executive Director Chris Jadick. “We welcome all those who want to join in this work to connect with us and participate.”

People with disabilities who would like to participate in future Enable America events, as well as companies interested in sponsoring a program at their site, can find out more and register on the group’s website, EnableAmerica.org.
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