Posted on May 16, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Christie Carpino’s proposal to identify solutions to barriers for those with disabilities seeking employment passed the House of Representatives unanimously. Carpino introduced the concept earlier this session after speaking with constituents and advocates about the struggles those with physical and intellectual disabilities encounter when seeking gainful employment. Research confirmed that those with disabilities are woefully underrepresented in the workplace. The bill requires a diverse group of stakeholders to form a taskforce and present solutions to the General Assembly in time for actions to be taken this legislative term.
“Disabilities do not define an individual and yet they seem to limit employment opportunities. Employment drives financial stability, social interaction, and self-worth,” explained Rep. Carpino. “There are too many individuals who have abilities and passions to share and yet they face hurdles. It is critical that we connect Connecticut’s job creators with those that have personally faced these hurdles to better understand how to forge a better path forward. We should have a more inclusive workplace across all industries.”
According to Rep. Carpino, job seekers find it difficult to coordinate existing services and to identify future opportunities. Constituents have confided in her that it’s difficult to coordinate individual programs across agencies, opportunities differ between regions, assistance is limited, and barriers exist. Multiple groups and individuals across Connecticut submitted testimony in support of the bill.
The bill now heads to the State Senate for further action. It must be voted on by Wednesday, June 5th by the Senate and signed by the Governor to become law.