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Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities Programs

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Awards Program

Program Background

Each year the Committee hosts an Awards Ceremony and Reception to honor individuals and organizations that have promoted independence and civil rights for people throughout the state. Award categories include Employee, Agency, Legislator, Nonprofit organization, and the Media.

Award Categories

Any employee who is employed by an agency, board, or commission under the jurisdiction of the Governor and meets the following criteria is eligible for this award:

  • A State of Illinois Employee with a Disability who is employed by an agency, board or commission under the jurisdiction of the Governor.
  • An enthusiastic employee who exhibits a creative approach to work that reflects initiative and goes beyond job requirements.
  • An employee who displays good human relations skill, works well with others and is respectful of co-workers.
  • An employee who exhibits sensitivity to disability issues and promotes disability awareness and self-respect.
  • An employee with good job performance.
  • An employee who has made outstanding achievements in improving the status of people with disabilities.


  • Agencies are evaluated on a variety of factors, including: innovative programs to assist employees with disabilities; percentage of employees with disabilities; percentage of promotions involving employees with disabilities; agency’s experience in regards to provision of accommodation; and training efforts.
  • Information provided should be based on last fiscal year accomplishments.
  • Agencies will compete within the following three categories:
    Small -- under 300 employees;
    Medium -- 301 to 1000 employees; and
    Large -- over 1000 employees.
  • Agencies that are statutory members of the Committee, including the Departments of Human Rights, Human Services, Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Service Commission, are not eligible to participate in this category.

Business or Nonprofit Organization
AWARDS PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR AN ILLINOIS BUSINESS OR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION. An Illinois business or non-profit organization that has taken efforts to:

  • Enhance the independence of people with disabilities, or
  • Contribute to improved access to facilities or programs in the state, or
  • Address attitudinal barriers facing people with disabilities.
  • Information provided should be based on last fiscal year accomplishments.

Awards criteria include: stories that accurately depict the lives of people with disabilities, those that illustrate the barriers faced by this group, or those that promote the independence of this group.

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