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Executive Order 55 Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the Commonwealth's Workforce, 2012

Context

In 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell signed Executive Order Number 55, Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the Commonwealth's Workforce; Importance of Employment for Virginians with Disabilities.

The Order pointed to the fact that of the 3.6 million Virginians who were classified as “employed” in the previous census, only 154,985 were identified as “disabled” which is approximately 4%. EO55 mandated increased coordination between state agencies, and more aggressive outreach from the involved departments. Along with Virginians with Disabilities, the order also challenges agencies and business to strive to train and hire more veterans.  State agencies were required to make regular reports on their compliance.

Watch a video of the Governor discussing the order here from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

Citation: Executive Orders Digital Collection, Gov. McDonnell, Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the Commonwealth's Workforce; Importance of Employment for Virginians with Disabilities , 16 Nov. 2012. Library of Virginia

Standards

VS.I, VS.9, USII.1, USII.8, USII.9, VUS.1, VUS.15

Suggested Questions

Current Connections: After reading the Executive Order, take a look at the websites of the agency's referenced and decide how you would rate them on their success carrying out Gov. McDonnell's plans.

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