In 1990, our nation committed itself, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities. The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice plays a critical role in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities.
The Disability Connection Newsletter offers 10 Things to Know about the Americans with Disabilities Act
The mission of Goodwill NYNJ is to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.
Our vision states that we will only be satisfied when every person in the communities we serve has the opportunity to achieve full potential as an individual and to participate and contribute in all aspects of a productive life.
Goodwill NYNJ finds work for individuals with disabilities with local employers and nation-wide corporations. Read how JC Penney hired five individuals with intellectual disabilities last year in a previous blog post.
Meet the JC Penney staff and the Goodwill participants who work together on a daily basis. Watch this video
For 100 years, Goodwill NYNJ has enhanced the lives of individuals with disabilities:
- In 1915, the founders of the first Goodwill in New York taught persons with disabilities and disadvantages how to earn a living collecting, mending, and selling donated clothes and household goods in Brooklyn.
- In 1945, Goodwill became known for helping people with disabilities through job training.
- In 1996, GoodTemps was established to meet the booming demand for temporary staffing and to provide better opportunities for people with disabilities. GoodTemps sends over 800 individuals to work each week.
If you are a person with disabilities and would like to find a job, find out the best program for you at the Goodwill NYNJ website
Does your company hire individuals with disabilities or do you work with a person with disabilities? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below!