house resolution no.176

Reps. Sneller, Slagh, Cherry, Ellison, Wittenberg, Love, Lasinski, Liberati, Clemente, Bolden, Haadsma, LaFave, Warren, Neeley and Jones offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, A 2017 study conducted by Cornell University showed that 67% of people with disabilities in Michigan were not working; and

Whereas, People with developmental disabilities in Michigan share with the rest of the stateís nearly 10 million residents the right to work in competitive, integrated work environments with needed supports, while making minimum wage; and

Whereas, It has been more than 70 years since Congress designated a week in October, which has culminated into National Disability Employment Awareness Month with the 2019 theme being "The Right Talent, Right Now."; and

Whereas, Every person should be seen for their ability, with valuable strengths and the potential to make important contributions to their local communities; and

Whereas, By promoting opportunities for all citizens with disabilities in Michigan, gaining individual integrated employment, and engaging businesses to value the contributions that employees with disabilities bring to their organization, we will enhance the employment landscape and enable Michigan to compete with other states to bring in high-demand businesses and jobs; and

Whereas, Disability Employment Awareness Month is an appropriate time to recognize Michiganís employment accomplishments concerning persons with disabilities in integrated environments and to make sure all of Michiganís citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included; and

Whereas, Celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities can only serve to enrich the communities of Michigan and enhance our diversity; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.