ECF Grant Supports Employment Opportunities

October 20, 2016

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, and a new project at Center for Independent Futures supports nationwide efforts to connect individuals with disabilities with employment opportunities in the community.

Thanks to a grant from the Evanston Community Foundation, Kathy Lyons joined our staff to help find jobs for Evanston Township High School students who are preparing to graduate from the special education system.

“For a lot of students, especially students with disabilities, leaving school can be a scary process if you don’t know what you’re doing after graduation,” Kathy says. “If we can connect students to a job in the community, it makes the transition easier. This process will allow them to move from their school community to a new community where they can contribute their strengths.”

Through a person-centered, customized employment process, Kathy identifies the skills and interests of individuals who may otherwise be overlooked in a traditional hiring process. Then, she reaches out to local employers to determine how these strengths and talents match their business needs to create a mutually beneficial partnership.

For individuals with disabilities, employment means access to income, independence, and inclusion. If you are an employer interested in engaging with us to see how this innovative process can help you fill your needs, contact Kathy Lyons at (847) 328-2044. Thank you to the Evanston Community Foundation for supporting new opportunities and stronger communities.




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