The Los Angeles office of RespectAbility has partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, UNITE-LA and Fiesta Educativa to release “Finding a Job as a Person with a Disability in Los Angeles,” a comprehensive toolkit for job seekers with disabilities in Los Angeles.

The toolkit will be launched during a keynote address by Stephen David Simon, Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, who describes the toolkit as a “cornerstone of regional efforts to help people with disabilities to gain, retain, and advance their employment opportunities.” Simon’s keynote will take place on the final day of RespectAbility’s #ADA30 Summit 2020, according to RespectAbility in a news release.

People with disabilities have been especially hard-hit during the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic crisis and, often, are struggling to find new work. This toolkit, and the changes it will engender, are a significant part of that vision. It offers pathways forward and advice for Angelenos in many different stages of life. 

It is hoped that, in the words of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the toolkit will help job seekers in Los Angeles “grow and build upon their own professional strengths, and put them to work — so that we can create a better city of the future for all of us, together,” the release continues.

“This guide will serve as a powerful resource for the more than 143,000 unemployed working-age Angelenos with disabilities,” In this time of uncertainty, economic and otherwise, people with disabilities need to know they have options. This toolkit provides clear guidance on the resources available at different stages in their journey and how to use them to reach their ultimate goal of attaining a new job.”

— Matan Koch, the California Director of RespectAbility, a Harvard Law graduate and wheelchair user

[Source(s): RespectAbility, PR Newswire]

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