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Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

As Election Day in November approaches, the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies is talking about civic engagement in the disability community.


Delawareans with disabilities and their advocates rallied for more state funding at Legislative Hall yesterday Thursday.

The ninth annual Disability Mentoring Day is Wednesday. Students from around the state are scheduled to gather at locations around the state and learn about the skills needed for different jobs.


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Nearly 250 young people with disabilities have enrolled in a state program to connect them with a job, which state officials are calling a success.

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In his latest message, Gov. Jack Markell discussed efforts to include more people with disabilities in Delaware’s workforce.

Taking advantage of the talents that people with disabilities have can benefit Delaware’s economy, he says.

 

“We’ve seen states and businesses show that hiring people with disabilities is good for the bottom line. Improving our workforce, while increasing financial independence for these new employees," said Markell. "And by making this issue a priority for our state and working closely with the business community, we are making progress.”

Courtesy: American Association of People with Disabilities

Former U.S Rep. Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act will speak at a 25th anniversary celebration of the ADA’s passage in Dover Saturday.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. The regulation also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.