EEOC Reports On Employment "Best Practices" Project
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 29, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC--The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an interim report on how states involved in a "best practices" project are promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, especially within their own state governments.
The "States' Best Practices Project" was launched as a joint federal-state effort last December and will continue through October of next year. Its purpose is to increase the employment of people with disabilities in participating states, then distribute information about those efforts to the other states, as well as local governments and private employers.
The EEOC, the federal agency responsible for enforcing employment protections in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, is also offering free technical assistance to those states.
The 27-page interim report highlights the progress made thus far in Florida, Maryland, Vermont, and Washington. The governors of Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Utah also have agreed to be partners in the effort, according to an EEOC press statement.
"State agencies serve as an excellent source of employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities," said EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez. "Currently, our 50 states employ over five million workers in a variety of occupations. By sharing their best practices with the Nation, state governments participating in this partnership make a significant contribution toward the full access and inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace."