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Gov. Snyder Issues Executive Directive Focusing on Employment for People with Disabilities

Following MPAS Report, Governor; Lt. Gov, take needed action in Michigan

          Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) today participated in a telephone media roundtable hosted by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to announce a new state directive on employment for people with disabilities. Calley, chair of the Mental Health and Wellness Committee, was joined by Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Matt Wesaw, Chris Rodriguez of MPAS, and Luke Zelley of The Disability Network.

          The Executive Directive instructs the Department of Civil Rights, The Civil Rights Commission and the Civil Service Commission to coordinate with the State Equal Opportunity and Diversity Council (SEODC) to recommend a program for attracting and retaining individuals with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities and physical disabilities, that includes competitive integrated employment opportunities, within state government. The directive ultimately requires the state to adopt a variety of policies and procedures eliminating hurdles faced by people with disabilities as they seek a career in public service by means of state employment.

          "By setting a strong example of hiring people with disabilities within state government, this administration makes no question as to their commitment and acute understanding of the potential and value of this far too often underrepresented segment of the American workforce " said Chris Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs at MPAS. "Promoting opportunities for integrated competitive employment within state government will help private industries witness the many benefits of hiring people with disabilities and thus acts to broaden employment opportunities even further."

          This Executive Directive comes at the end of October which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The directive also comes a little more than a month after The Developmental Disabilities Network - comprised of MPAS, the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University, and the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council - released their Employment First report outlining the dismal employment circumstances in Michigan for individuals with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

        “The commission’s work has already led to important changes with the goal of helping more people live out self-determined, independent lives,” Lt. Gov. Calley said. “We must continue to improve and our state government will lead by example. I appreciate the partnership of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and others and I look forward to working with all of our state agencies and departments to further these efforts.”

        "I can say without question that a great deal of thought went into the construction of this directive and, as a result, I believe it will have a significantly beneficial impact on people with disabilities in this state who simply desire the same opportunities as anyone else" continued Rodriguez.

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October 28, 2014