Without a doubt, this is great news for citizens with disabilities. However, it addresses only half the problem. Many who are disabled are simply unable to work because of their disabilities. Those citizens need our support as well.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 10, 2012
An initiative from the National Governors Association aimed at getting more disabled citizens into the workplace is a victory for citizens with disabilities, says Chicago Social Security disability benefits lawyer Lawrence Disparti, founder of Disparti Law Group, P.A.
The initiative, “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities,” will be the cornerstone of the term of newly installed NGA chairman Jack Markell, the governor of Delaware, according to a recent report by the Huffington Post.
Under the initiative, the NGA will produce a toolkit to help states create programs for hiring people with disabilities and promote partnerships with businesses to create new opportunities, the Post said.
“This is great news for citizens with disabilities,” says Disparti, whose firm handles Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits claims for clients in the Chicago area and across Illinois. “There are many people who want to be out there working but are never given a chance. The nation’s governors are saying we need to come up with public-private efforts to change this.”
U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that 18 percent of Americans with a disability are employed. That’s compared to 64 percent of those without disabilities.
The Better Bottom Line project will try to shrink that gap by picking the brains of business leaders and disability advocates for new ideas, drafting blueprints for specific plans states can use and partnering with companies like Walgreen’s, which has established a distribution center staffed largely by workers with developmental disabilities, the Post reports.
“All of these proposals are greatly needed. Still, they address only half the problem,” Disparti says. “Many who are disabled are simply unable to work because of their disabilities. Those citizens need support as well.”
Hundreds of thousands of residents in Illinois – disabled workers, survivors, elderly citizens and those with special financial needs – receive benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration and related state programs. The Council on Disability Awareness estimates that more than one-quarter of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement, Disparti points out.
To help disabled people pay their daily living costs, the government offers several disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSD), Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI), Disabled Veterans Benefits, Disabled Widow and Widower’s Benefits and Disabled Adult Child Benefits (DAC), he says.
“Every day, the attorneys of the Disparti Law Group assist disabled clients in obtaining the benefits they need and the quality of life they deserve,” says Disparti. “We are thrilled that the governors across the nation are now addressing these same concerns.”
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Chicago Social Security Disability law firm that provides legal assistance to individuals in cases involving Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), railroad disability (FELA and RRB claims) and veterans’ benefits (including TSGLI claims). Additionally, the firm handles a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, slip-and-fall or premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and inadequate security. The firm serves clients across the U.S., including Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and the Illinois communities surrounding Chicago, Joliet, Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, Schaumburg, Oak Lawn, Bolingbrook, Cicero and Wheaton. The firm’s Chicago office is located in the John Hancock Building, 31st Floor, 875 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (local phone (312) 546-4623). To learn more about the Chicago Social Security Disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.