Gov. David Ige
Washington, D.C., Oct. 12 – Gov. David Ige has proclaimed October 2018 to be Disability Employment Awareness Month in Hawai’i.
“People with disabilities are productive and loyal, and deserve the same opportunity to earn an income and achieve independence like anyone else,” writes Gov. Ige in the proclamation. “The State of Hawai’i has a vested interest in increasing the inclusion of people living with a disability by providing access, meaningful services, and improved outcomes for all citizens at the state, county, local, and private sector levels.”
This commitment from the governor comes at a time when jobs for people with disabilities have been increasing in the state of Hawai’i. Last year, 750 Hawaiians with disabilities gained jobs.
Activities throughout the month should reflect the message that people with and without disabilities share the same workplace goals and values. On Oct. 30, the state legislature will be cosponsoring a reverse employment fair that sets people up for entry level jobs while celebrating success stories. [continue reading…]