In this historic period of low unemployment, job seekers with multiple barriers—including those with disabilities—are at risk of being left behind. 65 percent of working-age people with disabilities in New York City are either unemployed or not in the labor force (compared with 26 percent for those without disabilities). 34 percent of working-age people with disabilities in New York City have incomes below the federal poverty level, more than twice the rate for those without disabilities (14 percent).
At this session, leading workforce development and disability inclusion organizations will come together to highlight promising partnerships that advance economic equality for New Yorkers with disabilities. The session will also include a panel of New Yorkers with disabilities and leaders from the business community.
- how philanthropy can help more New Yorkers with disabilities gain access to the training and career pathway opportunities provided by the workforce development system
- how greater coordination between public and private funding streams can improve employment outcomes for both disability and workforce organizations
- promising partnerships that advance economic equality for New Yorkers with disabilities
- Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
- Kevin Smith, Deputy Commissioner of Adult and Continuing Education, New York State Department of Education
- Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
- Martha Jackson, Assistant Commissioner Employment and Business Relations, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
Silvia Montalban, Chief Citywide Equity and Inclusion Officer, Department of Citywide Administrative Services
- Ryan Conroy, Director, Participant Engagement and Support Services, Center for Employment Opportunities
- Katy Gaul-Stigge, President and CEO of Goodwill NY/NJ
- Jean Emmanuel Shein, Director, Global Corporate Social Responsibility at UNIQLO USA
- Carmine Desena, Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Northwell
- Elaine Katz, Senior Vice President Grants & Communications, Kessler Foundation
- Marci Hunn, Program Director, Jobs, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
All interested funders.
8:45 - 9:00 AM Check-in
9:00 - 11:00 AM Program
Registration is required by March 3.
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