You know what true independence is? Having a job. The Employment First Act simply states employing individuals with disabilities is the right thing to do. Finally, it is now a law in Illinois and will hopefully get everyone to understand how important it is to include individuals with disabilities in the community.
The Employment First Act, a new law by Governor Pat Quinn, requires Illinois agencies to work together to make employment of individuals with disabilities a priority. It’s good for business because they work with employees to make hiring individuals with disabilities easier. The goal is to make Illinois the leader in employing individuals with disabilities, and the Employment First Act shows this commitment. It is a step in the right direction and one that will help the economy. It also shows how important it is to treat others fairly, focusing on ones ability to do a job regardless of whether or not they have a disability.
The Employment First Act is a policy we should have already accepted. By making it a law, more businesses will hopefully stand up for what is right – employing people based on merit. This means integrating individuals with disabilities into your workplace. This means doing the right thing.
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I’m Alex Forsythe. I graduated from Glenbrook North high school in 2011. In that same year, I received the J.F.K. award for courage. I attended the R.E.A.C.H. program at The University of Iowa from 2011- 2012. When I’m not working at A.M.C. theaters, I’m working on social communication skills in the workplace at No Boundaries. A skill that we have been working on at No Boundaries is networking.