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FEATURED: Ability Network of Delaware and Self-Advocates Deliver Signing of Michael McNesby Act

On September 4, 2018, Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) signed HB 104, or the Michael McNesby Act. The bill passed unanimously in the Delaware House and Senate in June of 2018. The Michael McNesby Act ensures that funding levels for supports for adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities are appropriate. The law allocates $2 million in State funding towards the wages of Direct Support Professionals. To learn more about the Michael McNesby Act, click here

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"Congress Considers Renewal of Autism Act" –Disability Scoop- A bill introduced on February 7th, 2019 would secure over $1 billion in the coming years for efforts to address the needs of people with autism. The bill was collectively introduced into the House and Senate and would reauthorize the Autism CARES Act. To learn more, click here

"Senator John Kennedy Invites AbilityOne Worker to SOTU" -The Hill- On January 30, 2019, Senator John Kennedy (R) of Louisana invited Justina Pettway, an AbilityOne contract employee, to the State of the Union Address. The AbilityOne program serves a federal initiative to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more here

"Sheltered workshops are fading away, along with a job Chris Cook had for 25 years" -The Virginia-Pilot- Chris Cook has worked dutifully for 25 years, but come Friday he will be out of a job.  Cook has an intellectual disability, and his employment has unfolded in what's often referred to as a "sheltered workshop" setting. That's a place where people with disabilities, under careful supervision, do jobs like applying labels to envelopes, packing boxes and putting screws in bags. Read more here.

"Viewpoint: Hiring Those with Disabilities is Good Business" -South Bend Tribune- Good workers are hard to find. Every manager knows that. “Help Wanted” signs hang outside most businesses. It’s clear, we have a worker shortage in Michiana. So why is one pool of job candidates so frequently overlooked? I’m talking about workers with disabilities. Too often, these applicants are turned away in the earliest stages of the hiring process. So much so, the unemployment rate for workers with disabilities is 82 percent. That’s too bad – for everyone. Read More Here

"Vocational Program for Those with Disabilities Changes LivesDaily Progress -  "Alex Graysay, 33, used to keep to himself. The Peters Township resident was quiet and didn't interact much with the people in his life. After working for a couple of local businesses, Graysay's entire demeanor changed. He talks more and has even been known to burst into song and dance. In September, Graysay was confident enough to testify before the state House of Representatives in Harrisburg, where he proudly told those in attendance that he purchased the suit he was wearing with money earned at his job. Read More Here
 

"Brewery Hires People with Developmental Disabilities" NBC4 -  The brewery in Colorado hires people with developmental disabilities, and teaches them how to make beer. “I was running a day program when I realized from age 21, they don’t have a lot of options and I don’t think sitting around in a warehouse coloring is an appropriate option,” Tiffany Fixter, owner of Brewability Lab, said. See More Here


 



 
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