A Strong, Inclusive Workforce Equals Economic Success

Ted Wenk Wearing a white shirt and tie speaking before a group of people.

Ted speaking at an Oregon Disabilities Commission celebration of the ADA’s 27th anniversary.

One of the areas that Managing Attorney Ted Wenk focuses on is employment. He also serves as Chairperson of the Oregon Disabilities Commission.

Below, Ted shares an update on the progress toward giving more people with disabilities the opportunity to work and gain economic self-sufficiency:

People with disabilities are key to building a strong, inclusive workforce that translates into economic success.

Recently, the Oregon Disabilities Commission approved the creation of a special committee to develop an Oregon Task Force on Employment for People with Disabilities.

People with disabilities are key to building a strong, inclusive workforce that translates into economic success. 

This is an important step towards full equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities in the workforce.

The Task Force will be modeled on the findings in the “Work Matters” report  issued by the National Task Force for Workforce Development for People with Disabilities.

Unfortunately, legislative efforts to create an Oregon Task Force to increase employment of people with disabilities did not move forward this past session.

Many people testified in support of HB 2965, including nationally renowned expert Bobby Silverstein. Bobby was a behind-the-scenes architect of more than 20 disability-related bills enacted into law, including the ADA.

This is an important step towards full equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities in the workforce.

Disability Rights Oregon commends efforts to pass this bill by Representative Gene Whisnant from Oregon’s District 53 in Central Oregon who also participated on the National Task Force.

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is determined to move forward on the Oregon Task Force on Employment for People with Disabilities.

If you’d like to find out more or participate, contact the Commission.

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