State pledges to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities

State departments are coming together to increase job opportunities and support for people with disabilities.

Members of the Departments of Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Services, Education, and Health, along with the University of Hawaii Center for Disability Studies, signed a cooperative agreement Friday to establish business and employer networks with the overall mission of providing greater job search, job referrals, vocational training, and work-based learning opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

These employers “recognize the importance of giving someone a job and providing them with natural supports. They recognize the value of mentoring, they value the positive contributions that people with disabilities make to the workforce, especially contributions they make to the bottom line,” said Patricia Morrissey, director, University of Hawaii Center for Disability Studies.

Friday’s ceremony also celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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