Cullerton: Workplace inclusivity strengthens our communities and economy
SPRINGFIELD — Today, Senate President John J. Cullerton met with Mia Pollock and Otis Brown, young representatives of the nonprofit organization Best Buddies, to present a proclamation honoring the organization’s efforts to challenge employers to pledge “I’M IN TO HIRE” individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The “I’M IN TO HIRE” campaign raises awareness about unemployment among individuals living with IDD. Best Buddies educates business leaders about the benefits of hiring these individuals. The subsequent job security and financial independence helps to enrich their lives.
“I fully support Best Buddies’ push to challenge employers’ perspectives about hiring individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Senate President John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago). “Workplace inclusivity strengthens our communities and economy. Hiring people with disabilities helps businesses gain dependable, motivated employees who offer observable business benefits.”
Only one in three people with IDD are employed in the United States. Promoting inclusion in the workplace not only reduces unemployment numbers but it allows residents with IDD to share in the joy of being contributing members of the workforce.
Cullerton and the Illinois Senate proclaimed October 7 “I’M IN TO HIRE DAY” to encourage the business community to hire more individuals with IDD.