The changing face of disabilities
As early as a generation ago, many people with disabilities lived “away” in institutions or homes, not integrated into the community and certainly not often part of the visible workforce. Historically speaking, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is a relatively new federal law implemented in 1990. This federal law “prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation.” Still, regardless of ability, it can be very difficult for disabled individuals to find meaningful employment. Yet, within our communities we find organizations with open minds and hearts, and hardworking disabled individuals ready to contribute to the workforce.
While more opportunities arise each day, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, in Illinois only 17.6% of those with disabilities are employed. Illinois ranks near the bottom of U.S. states (keeping company with Arkansas, Texas, Virginia and Mississippi) based on the amount it spends to promote community support, independence and productivity among the disabled. Meet some Batavia citizens and area businesses who are reversing this trend.
Amanda Mate works at Cougar stadium. Photo by Michael Barton, Michael Barton Art
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Art in Your Eye returns
It’s better than ever—Art In Your Eye is celebrating 10 years with new events and new art experiences. More details here.
Batavia Woman’s Club knows what’s in style
Save the date for the annual fashion show/luncheon. Plus find all the activities for fall in Around the Block.
Eroding the banks
Thinking about the rules in your life can also produce growth and change.
Putting it all together
What balance means in your portfolio and your retirement.
Joanne Spitz knows how to get it done.
The Batavia Bicycle Commission wants BIKES for BATAVIA
Plus brush collection ends and leaf collection begins. Find it all in Currents.
Great fall events are downtown
Downtown Batavia is the place to be this fall. Plus BatFest returns.
The Chamber is here for you
How do you find a reliable local business? Ask the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.
Conservation program values Batavia’s trees
Tree tagging explains the benefits of Batavia’s trees. Don’t miss “Trees from the Top Down”. at the Library.
Get the facts!
Answers to your questions about the BPS101 Advisory Question that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Neighbors’ photographer wins national award
Plus more business news in Nuggets.
What is special education like in BPS101?
Find out here.
The Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence is looking for “Hall of Honor nominees.
A message from Mayor Schielke.
History returns to Batavia
Don’t miss the Civil War Encampment. Plus the Park District has a new look.
Who were the Sultans of Batavia
Interested in history? Can you answer these quesions about your home town?
Experience the arts
Get in touch with your creative side at Awesome Art Afternoons. Plus hear some world class performances.
Batavia Township meets many special needs
Batavia Township is committed to meeting the special needs of its residents. Read about the many ways they are there to help.