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For Immediate Release

Easter Seals’ Statement on Final Congressional Approval of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Washington, D.C. , July 9, 2014

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Kristen Barnfield

Katy Beh Neas

Easter Seals Senior Vice President for Government Relations, Katy Beh Neas, today issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representative’s approval of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), legislation to update America’s workforce and job training system, including employment programs to help individuals with disabilities enter or reenter the workforce. Easter Seals is a leading national provider of job training and employment services for people with disabilities, veterans and older adults. Easter Seals helps 80,000 jobseekers annually develop the skills and experience needed to find jobs and succeed in the workplace.

“Tonight’s final congressional action on the Workforce Innovation and Investment Act comes at a time when individuals with disabilities face double digit unemployment (12.9% in June 2014) and when less than two in ten individuals with disabilities are participating in the labor force,” said Katy Beh Neas, Senior Vice President for Government Relations at Easter Seals, Inc. “The Workforce Innovation and Investment Act and the recent federal contractor hiring goals set earlier this year could represent major game-changers in helping to increase employment for people with disabilities. Easter Seals commends the United States House of Representatives for approving and advancing this critical legislation.”

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