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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.

ICED 2016 Awards Ceremony

2016 ICED Awards CeremonyICED 2016 Awards Ceremony, which was held May 11, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Illinois State Library, 300 S. Second Street in Springfield, was a success. Governor Rauner opened the ceremony and presented an award to the State Agency of the Year for hiring people with disabilities in 2015. ICED Co-Chairs Rocco J. Claps and James Dimas were the Masters of Ceremony for the event. This year, for the first time, Constitutional Members, including the Lieutenant Governor, and the State Treasurer who have joined the Committee as a result of new legislation, participated in the event. State Treasurer Michael Frerichs was honored for his employment of interns with disabilities. Special features of the ceremony this year included a performance by the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired choir and a tour of the State Library talking book program. Another first was live streaming of the event with captioning. Go to http://www.state.il.us/ICED/awards.htm for further information about the event and a link to photos.

A recording of this year's ICED Awards Ceremony can be viewed here.

State Sponsors Jobs Seminar for People with Disabilities

As a person with a disability, would you like to be considered for a state job? Then, you and anyone interested in jobs for people with disabilities will want to sign on to a computer webinar providing information about the state's Successful Disability Opportunities Program. The webinar will feature Jaci DeBrun, of the Department of Central Management Services (DCMS), whose agency's administers the program, and Alicia Rentmeister of the Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (Rehabilitation Services). Ms. DeBrun will discuss state jobs and how to apply for them. Ms. Rentmeister will talk about becoming a customer of Rehabilitation Services and the assistance her agency can provide people with disabilities. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9 a.m. It's free, but you must sign on to a computer to participate. The sign-on procedures will be sent out to those who register. Register with Susan Allen, of the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) by emailing her at Susan.Allen@illinois.gov. This webinar is sponsored by DCMS and ICED.

ICED Presents: Accessibility Requirements under State and Federal Laws

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When: March 9, 2016, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

130 W. Mason, Room 104, Springfield

JRTC, 100 W. Randolph, Room 10-233, Chicago

Telephone call-in numbers provided upon request.

Who: Vickie Simpson
Policy Advisor
Office of the Attorney General
Disability Rights Bureau
What: Discussion of Illinois Environmental Barriers Act, the Illinois Accessibility Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act

No reservation required. Email Susan.Allen@Illinois.gov for call-in numbers or if reasonable accommodation is needed.

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).

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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