Texas HireAbility Campaign Connects Employers to Job Seekers With Disabilities

 

 

 

Date: Oct. 5, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

More Than 13,000 Texans with Disabilities Hired or Explored Careers in Fiscal Year 2018

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions for the Texas HireAbility campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. The campaign is now in its third year and coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce. During October, TWC and its partners will feature resources for employers and conduct a statewide series of hiring events for job seekers with disabilities.

“We look forward to highlighting our year-round Texas HireAbility campaign during National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “Some of our state’s most successful Texas employers proudly make inclusion and diversity a priority, and we continue to encourage employers to take advantage of this talent pipeline and understand the benefits of hiring a diverse workforce.”

In addition, TWC’s Summer Earn and Learn is one of two student programs that connects employers with youth and prepares students with disabilities for a successful transition to postsecondary education and employment. More than 2,350 students statewide gained work experience and training through Summer Earn and Learn this past summer, connecting with employers who included Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, KLBK TV in Lubbock and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The students learned about the employers’ industries and developed specialized skills and work experience. Some students were presented with the opportunity to becoming employed full time. Summer Earn and Learn is a partnership between TWC and the 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards.

Another 228 students with disabilities participated in Explore STEM!, a TWC initiative designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. TWC partnered with 10 universities, colleges and technical schools statewide to serve as hosts for Explore STEM! summer camps for the students, aged 14-22. Each camp was five to seven days with hands-on, interactive instruction on topics that included computational engineering, cybersecurity, biotechnology, manufacturing, forensic science, archeology, astronomy, plant biology and robotics.

“Explore STEM! is part of our Pathways to Careers initiative, designed to expand pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Along with our Summer Earn and Learn program, Explore STEM! highlights the state’s commitment of investing in our future workforce and encouraging a focus on workforce abilities not disabilities.”

In addition to statewide hiring events to highlight National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will host a webinar for Texas employers on Oct. 30 titled Business Partnerships for Disability Inclusion. Governor Greg Abbott also issued a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month PDF and a proclamation for 2018 White Cane Day in Texas PDF to commemorate the month.

For a Texas HireAbility calendar of events, resources that employers can use to promote disability employment awareness, and information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit txhireability.texasworkforce.org.

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