In Illinois, an astounding 1 in 4 working-age adults, which amounts to over 2.5 million people, contend with disabilities affecting their mobility, cognition, hearing, vision, independent living, or self-care. Regrettably, these individuals are almost three times
less likely to secure employment compared to their able-bodied peers. Obstacles in their employment pathway encompass a range of challenges, from gaps in education or training and previous work experience to logistic issues like transportation, and the need
for specialized workplace accommodations.
Come December 3, 2023, the globe will commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This event not only seeks to raise awareness but also strategizes solutions to enhance the potential of persons with disabilities to lead full, equal, and impactful lives free from these debilitating barriers. Initiated by the United Nations Assembly in 1992, this annual observance is entering its thirty-first year, steadfast in its mission to shed light on disability challenges while rallying support for the well-being of
Joining the global fraternity in this endeavor is Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries (LLGI). With a resolute affirmation of its dedication, LLGI empowers individuals by equipping them with essential skills and resources to attain self-sufficiency through the transformative power of work. By spotlighting programs such as our Adult Service Day Programs—crafted to ready adults with cognitive disabilities for life in integrated social
environments—and our vocational rehabilitation initiatives, LLGI aspires to amass backing for initiatives that bridge the employment gap for persons with disabilities right in the heart of Illinois.
This pursuit aligns seamlessly with LLGI’s enduring legacy of championing the cause of those with distinct needs and disabilities. Holding fast to the conviction that individuals with disabilities are not only invaluable but also potent contributors in the workforce, our objective this year, as every year, is to amplify dialogues surrounding disability employment challenges. Moreover, we’ll be celebrating the myriad accomplishments of our employees with disabilities, underscoring their significance in this pivotal