Economic Power

An excellent column from the State Journal Register.  We tend to get so focused on our mission at SU that we don’t think about the fact that we’re one of the larger employers in Streator, and spend a lot of money in our community.  That’s true all over the state for other service providers as well.  The state being behind in payments is a definite challenge.  We’ve had very few payments the fiscal year beginning July 1, and will probably soon be using borrowed money to pay our employees and bills.  There is an expedited payment program available, so things will work out in the end, but it requires us to exhaust all of our money and credit first.  Still, we understand that the state has limited resources and can’t be everything to everyone.  We just want to see the resources they have be utilized as effectively as possible.

National Disability Employment Month 2012

Streator Unlimited, Inc. Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

We celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Employers who ensure that inclusive workplace policies and practices are woven into the fabric and culture of the organization create an environment that encourages all workers — including those of us with disabilities — to work to their full capacity and contribute fully to the organization’s success,” said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) leads National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  “We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities.”

Streator Unlimited’s SUCCESS Program helped eleven people obtain community employment in FY12 and also gave numerous consumers experience work in the community with supports.  Working with SUCCESS is a win-win for the business and employee.  Please contact us to find out how we can help you.