NEW INITIATIVE FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADA

The Workforce Developer Network will expand in 2015 to include college workforce professionals. These professionals will approach employers as one collaborative to help more college students with disabilities get jobs in the Chicago area. This group will be established as a sub-group of the Workforce Developer Network and be known as the College Workforce Network.

Colleges and universities in the Chicago area have been known to collaborate from one institution to another on some initiatives. However, when it comes to actually placing college students with disabilities in jobs, there is no coordination among colleges of employer outreach. By training colleges to work together rather than compete for employer attention, more people with disabilities will get jobs and better job matches will be made. The creation of this network in Chicago will unify career department professionals, disability service department professionals, college students with disabilities, and employers wanting to find the talent pool of educated workers with disabilities.