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Brother Philip Nelan
Thank you for appearing before the Subcommittee to testify
Your comments and prepared statement will become an important part of the hearing record. Unfortunately, the questioning of your panel was somewhat abbreviated. I would therefore, appreciate your responding, in writing. to the following two questions by August 2. 1989, the date the hearing record is due to close:
(1) Your industry obviously has had a great deal of
(2) You noted in the closing pages of your testimony that
Brother Philip Nelan
Should you have any questions, feel free to call either Pat Morrissey (225-7101) or Randy Johnson (225-3725).
Thank you, again, for appearing before the Subcommittee.
Leading the Foodservice Hospitality Industry
National Restaurant Association's Testimony
July 18, 1989
Before the House Sub-Committee on Labor and Education
1. What problems to you encounter in promoting the program?
The vastness of the hospitality industries precludes bringing the program for employing workers with disabilities to 11 but segments of the industry, significant as they are, except for continuous vigorous promotion of the program. The ideal aim is to have established fin relationships between the industry and all its parts and public and private training agencies.
The size and complications of corporate organizations in many instances prevent eliciting response for inaugurating programs from the important echelons of administration. Where corporate policy from the top down has embraced the program, still the appropriate personnel, managers, etc. in lower echelons must be ready to implement it.
Problems of these kinds multiply as efforts reach to involving franchisees, identifying then and making contact with the franchises. Though the membership of the Association forms the care of the industry and is "informed" by publications, seminars, and through organizational channels, a large segment of the 650,000 food and beverage
units remain to be converted.
on the side of rehabilitation services, whether public
or private, training programs for job-placement counselors need constant renenforcement. In response to inquiries about approaching industry, we have published a "how-to" pamphlet, Marketing Placements and distributed 20,000; they are still
Great organizations in the training sector stand for the Rost part independently: -- state vocational rehabilitation services, Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, National Association of Retarded citizens, and hundreds of local training agencies. Stronger coalitions in local areas among them with the state divisional offices to coordinate training and placement would give industry better means of contact with sources of workers and probably create bonds of relations.
For purposes of evaluation, a means of discovering the actual numbers of disabled persons placed annually in various industries nationally through both the public and private training/placement programs needs to be created.
RSA's efforts at setting up evaluation "standards" and "indicators" need to look closely into industry's participation in PWI. The same overall "standards" and "indicators" for direct training and placement are not compatible with industry's liaison role.
2. What would you suggest this program do to increase
training and placement in competitive employment of
The 6 to 8 million persons with impairments of working age, not trained and a large percentage not working, indicates that better and expanded programs already existing
should be tremendously enhanced.