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Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities

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Welcome to the website of the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED), which serves to support state employees with disabilities and state agencies who have disability-related questions. ICED was created by statute to promote access, independence, and opportunity for state employees with disabilities. Co-chaired by the Department of Human Rights and the Departments of Human Services, the Committee has five agency members and four employee members appointed by the Governor. The five statutory agency members are the Departments of Human Rights, Human Services, Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Service Commission. In addition, ICED has the following standing committee members: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, U of I Division of Specialized Care for Children, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Department of Employment Security, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities. State employees with disabilities who are interested in being appointed to the Committee can go to the website, http://appointments.illinois.gov , to nominate themselves for consideration by the Governor.

The Committee serves as a resource to state agencies on disability matters and state employees on issues of concern. The Committee's monthly meetings are open to the public. To attend a meeting, consult the Meeting Schedule on this website, or call, write, fax, or e-mail the Committee.

The Committee can be reached through the Department of Human Rights, at 222 S. College, Room 101, Springfield, Illinois, 62704, or by calling (217) 785-5119 (Voice), or 866-740-3953 (TTY). ICED’s fax number is (217) 785-5106, and e-mail messages can be sent to the Department of Human Rights’ E-mail address: Susan.Allen@illinois.gov.

Person with Disability accessing Work for Illinois webpageICED Awards Ceremony – Honoring Those who Make a Difference in Disability Rights and Access

Date: May 19, 2015, 2 p.m.

Location: 313 S. Sixth Street, Springfield

Panel Discussion: Gaining State Employment Through the Successful Disability Opportunities Program

For further information email Susan.Allen@Illinois.gov.

Photo on left is DHR Director Rocco J. Claps, and Willowbrook High School students Alex Bardesi and Addie Maggard at the 2014 awards ceremony.

2015 Awards Nominations
The Committee administers an awards program to honor individuals and organizations that have promoted independence and civil rights for people with disabilities. An awards ceremony is held annually to recognize the award winners. Award categories include Employee, Agency, Business/Nonprofit organization, the Media, Advocate, and Legislator.

Nominations can be made by anyone and are due by April 15, 2015. Completed forms can be sent to Susan Allen, Department of Human Rights, at 222 S. College, Room 101, Springfield, IL. 62704, emailed to Susan.Allen@Illinois.gov, or faxed to Susan Allen, at (217) 785-5106.

We all have a role to play in promoting access, independence, and opportunity for people with disabilities.
Click here to see and hear some PSAs for the What Can You Do? Initiative.

ICED Held Successful Webinar on March 24, 2014
ICED presented a webinar on March 24, 2014 regarding employment rights. The speakers included: ICED Co-Chair and Department of Human Rights’ Director Rocco J. Claps, Raquel Weisberg, Staff Attorney, Equip for Equality, and Sue Masten, Department of Human Services, moderator. Ms. Weisberg reviewed the rights of employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Questions were taken and answered by Ms. Weisberg. About 80 people attended the event. For further information, read the transcript and view the Power Point presentations (Intro - What is ICED, Employment Rights Training).

Governor Quinn Signs Laws To Reduce Disability Parking Abuse
New Laws Increase Penalties for Unauthorized Use of Handicap Placards
Two new laws will help crack down on unauthorized use of handicap parking placards. House Bill 5624 increases fine for unauthorized use to $600 (up from $500), and doubles the fine for creating or possessing fraudulent disability plates or using a genuine disability placard in the absence of the authorized holder ($1000, up from $500). The new law also imposes an initial fine of $1000 on a physician or other specified healthcare professional who knowingly falsifies a certification.

House Bill 5056 establishes tougher penalties for the improper use of a deceased person's handicap placard. The law makes the new offense a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $2,500 and mandatory revocation of the offender's driving privileges. It also raises the fine for a second conviction of misuse of a disability placard from $750 to $1000 and allows the Secretary of State to suspend or revoke driving privileges.

VIDEO: Hiring Employees with Disabilities: Making it Work
This video was created by the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities to highlight some examples of people with disabilities who are employeed by the State of Illinois.

Websites of Interest
Connecting the Disability Community to Information & Opportunities.
Disability Law Lowdown
Disability Law Lowdown Podcast delivers the latest in disability rights information every other week. You can subscribe for free and have shows automatically delivered, or you can listen to the show and read the transcripts from this site.

Final Report on Best Practices For the Employment of People with Disabilities In State Government
This report highlights best practices of nine states that promote the hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities in state government jobs. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is issuing this report as part of the agency's efforts in support a comprehensive strategy for the full integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of America's social and economic life.

Employment Resources:
In a continuing effort to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, the ICED has added the Employment Resources section to this website. This section provides publications, training materials and resources for employees and employers in an effort to increase awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, and to facilitate the use of effective strategies.

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