Arlington Heights is launching a new effort to increase awareness and employment opportunities for citizens with disabilities.
Unemployment among citizens with disabilities is often twice the national rate, putting it between 15 and 20 percent, said Ryan Danzinger, chairman of the village's commission on disabilities.
Because of this, Arlington Heights is planning to reach out to potential workers in the area and help make them aware of resources available to help them apply for a job that matches their skills. The village also will work with potential employers to let them know about federal tax incentives to hiring people with disabilities, Danzinger said.
"We want to find their talents that may not be apparent from a job application," he said. "And let the employers know about the benefits to them as well."
Danzinger said the commission hopes to plan a job fair for people with disabilities, a first for the village.
In the meantime, the commission is taking nominations for its annual Disability Employment Awareness Award. Past winners include Dominick's, Target and Xsport Fitness.