Texas HireAbility Campaign Raises Awareness of the Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

Date: October 2, 2017

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

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. Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month in Texas. The campaign is now in its second 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.

TWC is proud to continue to partner in support of opportunities for the skilled and talented Texans with disabilities who have much to contribute to Texas employers and our economy,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We are proud to partner with the Governor’s Committee and thank our Workforce Solutions boards for hosting Texas HireAbility events to help connect Texas employers with this valuable talent pool to meet their workforce needs.”

TWC and partnering organizations have planned job fair and career resource events in October. Local workforce development boards, also known as Workforce Solutions offices, have coordinated with employers to conduct on-site information sessions, trainings, and interviews with the goal of networking with and hiring individuals directly. Some events will feature assistive technology and white cane demonstrations, motivational speakers, prep sessions on interviewing, resume writing and networking, and ceremonies honoring employers dedicated to an inclusive workforce.

“Some of our state’s most successful Texas employers proudly make inclusion and diversity a priority in their workplace, and we want to encourage all businesses to take advantage of this talent pipeline,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Participation is essential for the success of hiring campaigns like Texas HireAbility, and we look forward to supporting employers to help fill their in-demand positions with these talented workers.”

The Texas HireAbility campaign offers employers resources on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, including guidance on using People First Language, recruitment and retention facts, and a video, “Creating a Culture of Accessibility Positively Impacts Business.”

“Texas workers are key contributors to the state’s economic success,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Employing and retaining individuals with disabilities is part of that success as diversity makes the state’s workforce stronger and helps ensure that all Texans who want to work can.”

For a Texas HireAbility calendar of events and information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit txhireability.texasworkforce.org.

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