WESTPORT — “Spring into Employment,” a new initiative to promote local job opportunities for people with disabilities, has been launched by the town’s Commission on People with Disabilities.

The project, part of the commission’s Employment Is for Everyone program, is designed to “encourage and support businesses in the recruitment, hiring and advancement of people with disabilities in the workplace,” according to a press statement.

It is a collaboration between the commission, the town’s Department of Human Services and the local business community.

Businesses, using online portals, can post job openings for people with disabilities or request a consultation for prospective openings through the Employment Is for Everyone website.

“Many Westport businesses already enjoy the benefits of employing people with disabilities,” Joe Anastasi,  a member of the commission, said in the statement.

“Our employees come to work on time and with enthusiasm, resulting in a more upbeat work culture and greater consumer loyalty.”

Local businesses considered “champions,” under the Employment for Everyone program, which provide work for people with disabilities, include: MoCA Westport, the Residence assisted-living facility, Lululemon, Nômade restaurant, Le Rouge Chocolates, Fleet Feet, Michael’s Craft Shop, the Westport Center for Senior Activities, the Westport Book Shop and the Porch at Christie’s.

For more information, contact the Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 or humansrv@westportct.gov.