(20 ILCS 4095/5)
The General Assembly finds as follows:
(1) That there are many qualified persons with
disabilities in Illinois who are unable to obtain competitive employment.
(2) That the unemployment rate for persons with
disabilities far exceeds the unemployment rate for persons without disabilities.
(3) That millions of federal and State dollars are
invested each year in education, training, supported employment, vocational training and other services related to the employment and training of persons with disabilities in Illinois without any significant gains in the rate of competitive employment for persons with disabilities.
(4) That there has been a history of barriers to
equal employment opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois, and those barriers continue to exist in the public and the private sectors.
(5) That it is in the best social and economic
interests of the State of Illinois to expand competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois.
(6) That competitive employment and other economic
opportunity for persons with disabilities will facilitate self-sufficiency and independent living for more persons with disabilities in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 96-368, eff. 8-13-09.)
(20 ILCS 4095/10)
Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force.
(a) The Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force is created.
(b) The Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force shall be appointed and hold its first meeting within 90 days after the effective date of this Act, be convened by the Governor, and operate with administrative support from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
(c) The Task Force shall be comprised of the following representatives of State Government: a high-ranking member of the Governor's management team, designated by the Governor; representatives of each division of the Department of Human Services, designated by the Secretary of Human Services; the Director of Healthcare and Family Services, or his or her designee; the Director of Veterans' Affairs or his or her designee; the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or his or her designee; the Director of Employment Security or his or her designee; the Director of Central Management Services or his or her designee; the Director of Juvenile Justice or his or her designee; the Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education or his or her designee; the Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board or his or her designee; the Executive Director of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities or his or her designee; and the State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee.
(d) The Task Force shall also consist of no more than 15 public members who shall be appointed by the Governor and who represent the following constituencies: statewide organizations that advocate for persons with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, entities with expertise in assistive technology devices and services for persons with disabilities, advocates for veterans with disabilities, centers for independent living, disability services providers, organized labor, higher education, the private sector business community, entities that provide employment and training services to persons with disabilities, and at least 5 persons who have a disability.
(e) The Task Force shall be co-chaired by the representative of the Governor and a public member who shall be chosen by the other public members of the Task Force.
(f) The Task Force members shall serve voluntarily and without compensation. Persons with disabilities serving on the Task Force shall be accommodated to enable them to fully participate in Task Force activities.
(g) The co-chairs of the Task Force shall extend an invitation to chairs and minority spokespersons of appropriate legislative committees to attend all meetings of the Task Force, and may invite other individuals who are not members of the Task Force to participate in subcommittees of the Task Force or to take part in discussions of topics for which those individuals have particular expertise.
(h) The Task Force shall coordinate its work with existing State advisory bodies whose work may include employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities.
(Source: P.A. 100-131, eff. 8-18-17; 100-866, eff. 8-14-18.)
(20 ILCS 4095/15)
Task Force Responsibilities.
The Task Force shall analyze programs and policies of the State to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. The Task Force shall also analyze State disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans' assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities. The Task Force shall review and analyze applicable research and policy studies, innovations used in other states, and any federal policy initiatives such as customized employment, and federal funding opportunities that would increase competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois.
With regard to the post-secondary transition of youth with disabilities to employment, post-secondary education and training, community living, and other adult activities, the Task Force shall:
(1) design a process for collecting, analyzing,
coordinating, and sharing data;
(2) be a resource for sharing information with State
and local agencies involved in the delivery of services to youth with disabilities;
(3) assist local transition planning committees by
developing model interagency agreements to ensure that necessary services are available;
(4) review and evaluate annual transition outcome
data from information collected by State agencies that are members of the Task Force from local transition planning committees, school districts, and other appropriate sources. Data indicators under this paragraph (4) shall include:
(A) high school graduation or passage of high
school equivalency testing;
(B) participation in post-secondary education,
including continuing and adult education;
(C) involvement in integrated employment,
supported employment, vocational training, and work-based learning activities;
(D) independent living, community participating
adult services, and other adult services; and
(E) enrollment in the Prioritization of Urgency
of Need for Services (PUNS) program;
(5) evaluate and report on the State's progress with
regard to the implementation of the post-secondary transition requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; and
(6) develop periodic in-service training programs to
consumers and families in improving understanding and awareness of post-secondary transition services.
(Source: P.A. 100-866, eff. 8-14-18.)