Gov. Phil Bryant speaks about disabled: Miss. Gov Phil Bryant discusses need to help disabled obtain employment at state Capitol news conference. Jimmie E. Gates/The Clarion-Leger
Jimmie E. Gates
Gov. Phil Bryant, legislators and advocates for the disabled are teaming to try to create more job opportunities for those with disabilities.
Bryant issues and executive order today for all state agencies to work collaborate to try to increase job opportunities for the disabled.
“My first job as governor is to make sure every Mississippian who wants a job has one,” Bryant said of the collaborative effort to help those with disabilities obtain employment during a news conference at the state Capitol.
Le’Ron Jackson of Disability Rights Mississippi said “All we want is equal opportunity just like everyone else.”
State Rep. Carolyn Crawford, R-Pass Christian, who has a child with a disability; has filed legislation along with Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton; called the “Employment First Act” that says persons with disabilities have a right to the opportunity for competitive employment.
The proposed legislation says all state agencies which provide services to individuals with disabilities and/or employment shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure state programs, policies, procedures and funding support employment in integrated settings for those working age individuals with disabilities.