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Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities

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The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute to address the needs of 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 Department of Transportation, and the Department of Children and Family Services.

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. For information about scheduled meetings or upcoming events, an individual can call, write, or e-mail the Committee.

The Committee can be reached through the Department of Human Rights, at 222 S. College, Room 101(A), Springfield, Illinois, 62704, or by calling (217) 785-5119 (Voice), or (217) 785-5125 (TTY). E-mail messages can be sent to the Department of Human Rights’ E-mail address: Susan.Allen@illinois.gov.

State Employment 101: An introduction to the Hiring Process
A Webinar Sponsored by ICED, DOR, and DHIC*
October 24, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
To register contact Dan Dickerson, Department of Human Services, Moderator

Handouts: Review of State Hiring Process, Review of State Hiring Process (PowerPoint), SD Brief Points, Alternative Employment Info Guide, Application, Title Listing, DHR and ICED and State Jobs, IDOT Hiring Process, Prevent Problems with your Application, Testing Accommodation Request Form

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.

June 27, 2012, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Watch Archived Video of the seminar: Part 1, Part 2, Transcript
Handouts:Agenda, ICED Facts, Promotionasl Application, Bid Form, Work 4 Illinois- Job Posting

On April 25, ICED hosted its annual awards event to recognize a state employee, state agencies, non-profit groups and businesses for their support of employees with disabilities, and for promoting a greater awareness of disability issues. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon presented the awards and commended the agencies and organizations for helping individuals with disabilities. Image gallery from the ceremony

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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