Thursday March 14th, the New Jersey Senate successfully passed S-3468, establishing a task force on Maximizing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.
With the help of Vocational Rehabilitation Centers across New Jersey and guidance from Accses New Jersey, Inroads was able to help shape the efforts which led to this legislation. New Jersey Ranks 11th in population but 20th in Vocational Rehabilitation Funding.
S-3468 Sponsored by Assemblywoman Carol A. Murphy (Burlington) and Assemblyman Robert J. Karabinchak (Middlesex) the Partisan Bill passed with a vote of 35 to 0 and now makes its way to the Assembly.
“The purpose of the task force is to study the problem of unemployment and underemployment among individuals with disabilities, review relevant, available programs within the State of New Jersey, as well as in other states, and issue a report which offers a vision and provides viable recommendations on how the State can increase opportunities, expand employment readiness and training programs, and offer greater employment supports, for individuals with disabilities. “
Full Text can be found at : https://legiscan.com/NJ/text/A5105/2018
In 2015, it was reported that 10.3% of New Jersey’s population of 9 million lived with at least one disability.
In Union County alone 63.2% of people with disabilities are unemployed. There are an estimated 250,000 students across the garden state who have a registered disability and an alarming 250,000 residents who are not receiving services.
Inroads will be helping to lead an advocacy movement called A-Team New Jersey. We not only teach our population how to advocate for themselves but help educate our base through action alerts published on our social media pages, website and mailers.
“Because tens of thousands of people with disabilities have demonstrated the capacity to do competitive work when given the opportunity, their desire for the dignity of a job and a paycheck must not be ignored; and
It is therefore appropriate to establish a task force is to study the problem of unemployment and underemployment among New Jersey citizens with disabilities, review existing programs in this and other states, and issue a report with recommendations to increase opportunities, expand employment readiness and training programs, and increase employment supports for those individuals.” -S-3468
Written by: Bryan Hansen