September is Disability Employment Awareness Month – and to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities in employment, the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is hosting Take Your Legislator to Work events across the state.
For the month of September, state legislators will job shadow a constituent with a disability in their workplace. The legislator will get the chance to tour the business, meet people and hear from the people in his or her district about the importance of employment.
“These visits will demonstrate the value of community-integrated employment for employers and people with disabilities in Michigan,” said Vendella Collins, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council executive director. “This campaign highlights how people with disabilities strengthen the workforce, promote diversity, increase talent in the field, expand the tax base and lower poverty rates.”
Take Your Legislator to Work visits are scheduled as follows:
Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) will job shadow Cody Packard at Greater Michigan Construction Academy, 7730 W. Wackerly St. in Midland.
Monday, Sept. 10, 12:30 p.m. – Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) will job shadow Nicholas Johnson at Grand Traverse Pie Company, 2600 N. Saginaw Road in Midland.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m. – Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) and Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) will job shadow Levi Arrington at Meijer, 15400 Waldron Way in Big Rapids.
Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) and Rep. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) will job shadow Ryan Powers at Matador Restaurant, 26747 Van Born Road in Taylor.
Friday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. – Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and Rep. Beau Matthew Lafave (R-Iron Mountain) will job shadow Chris Herbert at McDonald’s, 1140 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain.
Monday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) will job shadow Elliet West at Campbell Industrial Force, 1380 Industrial Park Drive in Edmore.
Monday, Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m. – Sen Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) will job shadow Shannon Landry at Clare County Transit Corp., 1473 Transportation Drive in Harrison.
Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis) will job shadow Brenda Anselmo at Kure Domes and Mirrors, 1139 Haines Blvd. in Sturgis.