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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In October, Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation's economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.

 

This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as 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. Some 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

~ Quoted from http://www.loc.gov/disabilityawareness/about/index.html#about

 

This year’s theme is “Expect, Employ, Empower”. 

According to the US Dept of Labor (http://www.dol.gov/odep/) as of September 2014, the percent of people currently in the labor force without disabilities is 68.5 %.  For those with disabilities the number is much less, 20.1%.  The current unemployment rate for those without disabilities is 5.5% and for those with disabilities it is 12.3%. 

 

We can’t leave it up to the other guy or other agency to change these statistics. If nothing changes, nothing changes. There are many myths out there about hiring someone with a disability.  

1)      Employers will be forced to hire unqualified employees.  FALSE.

2)      Accommodations will cost too much.  FALSE.

3)      Employers cannot fire someone with a disability.  FALSE.

 

Seek out the facts. Go to the United States Dept. of Labor’s website to see myths and facts of hiring people with disabilities. http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/ada.htm

Talk to your boss or Human Resources Department. Offer information about the benefits of hiring someone with a disability.

www.irs.gov has information on the tax benefits for businesses who hire people with disabilities.

Besides the tax benefits:

·         Hiring people with disabilities provides a larger talent pool, diversifies your staff and creativity, and improves your business image.

·         Retention rates among people with disabilities are higher than average thus reducing training costs.

·         People with disabilities are loyal customers to businesses who support them. People who make money, spend money! Their families and friends are then influenced by good business policies which affects your bottom line in a very good way!

~ http://www.etrcc.com/disabilities-employer-resources.php

 

These are just a few of the reasons why hiring people with disabilities just makes good sense. So don’t just sit back and watch, become a part of the change! 

 
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Memories of Elvis Benefit Concert

Linc Inc Presents:

Memories of “Elvis” Benefit Concert

Saturday, September 13th 2014

Come spend a fun-filled evening with

“Elvis and Friends” At the “Swansea Moose Lodge”

Dinner Included (Chicken and Pasta Buffet from Ravanelli’s) (Dinner starts @7pm) *Party in a Barrel Raffle* *Cash Bar Available*

*Concert Starts @ 8PM*
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Proceeds from this benefit will be going to support the work of Linc Inc, helping us continue to serve and support individuals with disabilities in our area.

To find out more about what Linc does browse our website or call our main office in Swansea, IL.

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Ladies: Bring Flowers or a Stuffed Animal and get a Scarf from Elvis
Elvis
For questions please contact our Main Office in Swansea at 618-235-9988Please direct questions to Shelia MillerEmail; smiller@lincinc.org
2425 N Illinois St, Swansea, IL 62226
SOLD OUT
SOLD OUT
 
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Linc Is Moving! But Not Far.

Published on July 8, 2014 by in Slider

Linc Inc will be closed the week of July 14th thru July 18th

while we move to our new location.

 

Our new building is in the same corporate park just a couple of buildings away from our current location.

 

Moving to New Building

Moving to New Building

 

 
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Annual ADA Picnic

Published on June 1, 2014 by in Events at Linc, Slider

Dear Friends of LINC INC. Come out and help LINC celebrate the 24the anniversary of the signing of the ADA. The event will take place at Melvin Price Park in Swansea IL on Monday July 28th from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Meetup at the Norman H. Lehr Center.

President Bush Signs ADA

President Bush Signs ADA

 LINC INC. will be providing burgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad and other picnic items. Please find time to RSVP to LINC INC. at 618-235-9988 or email Jon Douglas (jdouglas@lincinc.org) no later than Thursday the 24th of July. This will ensure that we have enough food available for everyone in attendance.

During the event we will pick the winner of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle raffle, sponsored by LINC INC. to benefit people with disabilities. Bring your tickets with you, or purchase a ticket if you haven’t already. Tickets are available at LINC INC. for $25 or you can purchase them online through our website. There will only be 1400 tickets sold.

This will be a rain or shine event, but not to worry. We will have an air conditioned building, with accessible bathrooms. We also have access to a large covered pavilion nearby. Behind is a nice playground for children. Come join us, bring along your friends & family, and enjoy a day of fun in the sun.  

Sign Language interpreters will be available at the event. If you should require another form of accommodations, please contact LINC at least 72 hrs prior to the event and let us know by contacting Jon Douglas at Linc.

RSVP Today

jdouglas@lincinc.org

 
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