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NEWS RELEASE - GCDD Launches Statewide Disability Inclusion Survey for Arkansas-Based Employers

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October 7, 2021 12:00pm

Location: 501 Woodlane Dr. Suite 600, Little Rock, AR 72201

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Mary Claire Hill
mhill@mhpteamsi.com |  501-519-1772

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Launches Statewide Disability Inclusion Survey for Arkansas-Based Employers

Governor proclaims October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 7, 2021) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (the Council), Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), Union Pacific and other community members gathered to commemorate this important month.

During the event, the Council announced the launch of a statewide disability inclusion survey for all Arkansas-based employers. Employers across the state are encouraged to complete the survey, which will be open now through Sunday, Oct. 31.

“As an entity dedicated to empowering Arkansans with DD, we are committed to increasing awareness of the value of inclusive and equitable employment practices,” said Jon Taylor, executive director of the Council. “This survey will provide us with vital insights in order to create the best resources to improve Arkansas’s equitable workforce. We encourage all employers to take the initiative: participate in our survey and help build a better future for all Arkansans.” 

Every October, the Council and ARS celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month as a time to increase awareness of the need for Arkansas-based employers to employ more inclusively and the plethora of resources available. This year’s celebration was held at Arkansas State University System’s office in Little Rock, and event attendees included Taylor; Joseph Baxter, Commissioner of ARS; Union Pacific representative; the Council members; ARS members and community members.

“We are thrilled to announce that October is Disability Employment Awareness Month in an initiative to better support our workforce through inclusive and equitable employment practices,” said Baxter. “We want to thank Gov. Hutchinson for supporting our mission to provide resources and support for Arkansans with developmental disabilities and the Council for their dedication to promoting inclusive, integrated employment for all individuals across the state.”

The Council works to improve the independence and productivity of Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (DD) and to ensure their integration and inclusion into communities across the state. The disability inclusion survey will be available online for employers to complete through Oct. 31, 2021, at gcdd.Arkansas.gov.

About The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is a member of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD). The Council’s purpose is to connect people with developmental disabilities to the resources and programs they need to be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all parts of community life. GCDD, along with network partners, works to implement the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act in Arkansas to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of community services that allow increased opportunities to live and work locally. GCDD is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Community Living (ACL) through the Administration on Disability’s Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD). Learn more at GCDD.Arkansas.gov.

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