Independent Living, Inc. Launches Forward-thinking “Inclusive Employment Works” Initiative

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-For Immediate Release: Hudson Valley [October 3, 2023] — Independent Living, Inc., a pioneering organization committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities, introduces its transformative “Inclusive Employment Works” initiative. With an unwavering dedication to fostering a more inclusive society, Independent Living is taking proactive steps to bridge the gap between people with disabilities and employers by promoting a culture of awareness, accessibility and inclusivity in the workplace.

Since its establishment in 1987, Independent Living, Inc. has been at the forefront of championing the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. With its new “Inclusive Employment Works” campaign, the organization will revolutionize the way individuals with disabilities perceive and access employment opportunities. Through a comprehensive range of training programs and services, Independent Living will equip individuals with education and support to claim their independence and seize the many benefits that meaningful employment can offer.

“People with disabilities possess immense talents, skills, and aspirations that deserve to be recognized and cultivated within the workforce,” said Kathy Giraud, Vice President of Human Resources at Independent Living, Inc. “Our ‘Inclusive Employment Works’ initiative will provide individuals with disabilities the education and tools they need to unlock the countless incentives that returning to work can bring, including improved health and mental well-being, financial stability, and a sense of purpose.”

Within this initiative is an educational mission designed to enlighten employers about the various means to and advantages of fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. By embracing employees with disabilities, employers stand to gain, not only socially but also economically; diverse teams are proven to drive innovation, enhance productivity, and enrich workplace culture.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive society, ‘Inclusive Employment Works’ is our effort to bridge understanding between employers and people with disabilities,” Kathy Giraud remarked. “We believe that when employers recognize the value of inclusivity and accessibility, it not only benefits their bottom line but also empowers individuals with disabilities to contribute meaningfully to the workforce.”

To kick-start this initiative, Independent Living, Inc. offers a comprehensive training program tailored for both individuals with disabilities and employers. These trainings will equip community members and businesses with the necessary knowledge and skills to promote accessibility and inclusivity in all aspects of employment. With experts in the field leading the training sessions, participants can expect to gain valuable insights into creating environments that celebrate diversity, respect individual needs, and unlock the true potential of all employees.

As the trusted source in disability supports and services, Independent Living, Inc. invites individuals, businesses, and organizations to join hands in embracing the transformative power of the “Inclusive Employment Works” initiative. Independent Living, Inc. is developing inclusive employment plans to revolutionize support for people with disabilities and employers who strive to be more inclusive in 2024 and beyond.

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About Independent Living: Since its inception Independent Living, Inc. has remained committed in its mission to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. With a comprehensive range of over 35 programs and services, we provide personalized support that empowers individuals to live independently, exercise control over their care decisions, and maintain their autonomy.

Independent Living offers Employment Services, including support through our Independent Living Skills Specialists, Job Coaches in our OPWDD Program, Connection to Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Benefits Advisement and Work Incentives Planning Assistance.

Find all of our updated brochures on our All Services Brochures Page.

Media Contact:

Janae Myers
Chief Advancement Officer
(845) 565-1162 x256


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Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 565-1162

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