IDOT honored by Illinois Rehabilitation Association
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employee are recognized for efforts to help Illinoisans with
disabilities surmount workplace barriers
[MAY 13, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of
Transportation and one of its employees were singled out by the
Association for their path-breaking efforts in hiring, promoting
and eliminating barriers for people with disabilities.
The awards were announced at the Illinois Rehabilitation
Association's 50th annual conference in Peoria on May 8. The
Department of Transportation received the Organization
Rehabilitation Service Award, which goes to an employer outside the
rehabilitation field. The Department of Transportation is the first
state agency in memory to receive this award. The department was
singled out for its efforts to hire, train and promote people with
disabilities and to eliminate barriers they face in the workplace.
In addition, David Dailey, the Americans with Disabilities Act
specialist in the department's central office in Springfield,
received the Personal Achievement Award.
The association specifically lauded a groundbreaking program that
Dailey was instrumental in launching in which high school students
with disabilities are brought into the department's headquarters,
are teamed up with mentors and provided the opportunity "to learn
work skills in a real-world setting."
"This is a great honor for the many employees at IDOT who have
worked so hard to implement not only the letter of the Americans
with Disabilities Act, but the spirit of the Act," said Illinois
Department of Transportation Secretary Timothy W. Martin. "Under the
leadership of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, this administration has
made it a priority to ensure that no person with a disability will
be prevented from fulfilling his or her potential."
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In nominating the Department of Transportation for the award, it
was said that the agency has been "one of the lead agencies in the
hiring of supported employment candidates." The department was
described as "always willing to make accommodations so that the
right person can be on the job." The nomination continued:
"Recently, IDOT has again emerged as a leader among employers. With
the help of their ADA coordinator (Dailey), they have initiated a
new training program that works with high school students with
Of Dailey, the association said: "His work with persons of
disabilities has been tireless. Many people with disabilities are
employed with the state of Illinois due to the efforts of Dave
Dailey, a graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, has
worked for the Department of Transportation for almost 14 years.
Department of Transportation news release]