The Illinois Senate passed legislation filed by State Sen,. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) to re-launch a program to help people with mental and physical disabilities find employment.
“I believe we have a duty to help people who simply want to work and contribute to our society but are struggling to overcome severe disabilities,” said Sen. McCann. “This will allow these individuals to join the workforce and work for the good of the public.”
The 98th General Assembly had repealed a supported employee program that helped find jobs within state government for individuals with severe physical and mental disabilities.
Senate Bill 1453 would create a new version of the program that would place persons with disabilities in positions where they are able to take advantage of their own special strengths. The legislation also ensures that the hiring of the supported employees does not negatively impact other existing employees and their positions.
“I filed this legislation after hearing from a number of my constituents that were interested in taking part, but the previous program had been shut down,” said Sen. McCann. “This will help them to find good-paying work at little to no cost to the taxpayers. This is a win-win for everyone.”
Senate Bill 1453 is now headed to the Illinois House for consideration in that chamber.