- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is directing state agencies to make it a goal to hire people with disabilities and mental illnesses.

The governor issued a directive Monday that all executive agencies participate in a new program designed to attract and retain disabled employees. Snyder’s move stems from recommendations made by a mental health commission that he created last year.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who chairs the commission, told reporters on a conference call that the state of Michigan must “lead by example” so other employers follow. The goal is boosting overall integrated employment of disabled employees while keeping their personal information confidential.

The Snyder administration said it wants to ensure all state workers are trained in disability etiquette by July 2016 and to enhance internship programs for youth with disabilities. Snyder asked the State Equal Opportunity and Diversity Council to work with the Department of Civil Rights, Civil Rights Commission and Civil Service Commission to come back with a recommendation and evaluation to the executive office and state departments by April 1, and to issue a report on objectives and opportunities by next October.

“People with disabilities have much to offer our great state and should be provided the same opportunities for employment as everyone else,” Snyder said in a statement.

His executive directive says appropriate data should be collected so the state can be measured on hiring people with disabilities. An annual report on progress will be required.

Luke Zelley with The Disability Network in Flint said Michigan has more than 500,000 working-age, disabled residents who are not working.

“It’s a group that’s often overlooked and marginalized,” he said. “People want to work. They want to have dignity and value in working.”

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Executive Directive 2014-1: https://1.usa.gov/1xxhuCI


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