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Agencies Cooperate To Match 100 People With Jobs By Labor Day 2004
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 25, 2003

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--The Side By Side Coalition, a network of 10 Chicago area agencies that serve people with developmental disabilities, has set a high goal for the next 11 months.

The group has set a target date of September 6, 2004 to get jobs in the community for 100 people that have a variety of disability labels, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

Part of the coordinated effort to match those workers with employers is an "all-out" media campaign, which includes testimonials from businesses that have employed people with developmental disabilities.

Greg Heim, chief executive of Modern Drop Forge, said he was worried that there might not be a place for such a person in his high-tech machining plant. He learned he was wrong.

"My best advice: If you absolutely don't think you have any [appropriate job], you probably do," Heim said.

Side By Side Coalition


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