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The Campaign for Disability Employment Newsroom includes timely information about the CDE and the “What can YOU do?” initiative. For the news archive, see the notepad to the right of this page. Additional information may be obtained by contacting



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April 15, 2014– Online Job Board Open to Private Sector Employers

Private sector employers can now use, a free online job board, to find pre-screened college students and recent graduates with disabilities looking for internships and permanent positions through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). WRP candidates represent all majors and include graduate and law students, as well as veterans. The WRP is a government-wide program co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor to increase employment of people with disabilities in the federal workforce. Through, interested non-federal employers can post permanent and temporary positions, and WRP students can search and apply for these positions using employers’ standard application processes. is a pilot project developed through a collaboration between the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN), the organization that administers the WRP program for non-federal employers, and DirectEmployers, a non-profit consortium of global employers. Visit


April 1, 2014– NGLCC Blogs About Disability and Diverse Business Perspectives

Recently, Sam McClure, Vice President of Affiliate Relations and External Affairs at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), penned a guest blog post for the website about strengthening America’s business landscape through diverse perspectives. Entitled, “Promoting Business and Workplace Equality for ALL Diverse Segments,” the article highlights NGLCC’s participation in the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), as well as its work as a lead business partner on the California-based Consortium formed under Add Us In, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Read the blog post.


March 18, 2014 – CDE Partners with Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is pleased to welcome Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) as an official CDE partner. APD recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) enabling it to customize and distribute national CDE campaign materials and reinforce the “What can YOU do?” brand through its own education and outreach efforts. Learn how you can support the CDE.


Feb. 17, 2014– Special Olympics Releases Research on Employment of People with Intellectual Disabilities

A new survey commissioned by CDE Member, Special Olympics, shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population. One of the most comprehensive national surveys of its kind, the research was conducted by the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and administered by Gallup. The survey, which paints a dark picture, looked at both the labor force participation rate (the percentage of working-age people who are either employed, or unemployed but looking for a job) and the unemployment rate, for 2011 to 2012. During this period, the labor force participation rate for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) was about one-half of the general population: 44 percent versus 83 percent, indicating that more than half of people with ID have dropped out of or were never in the workforce. Learn more by reading the press release.


Feb. 12, 2014– Viscardi Center Seeking Award Nominations

CDE Member, the National Business and Disability Council, reminds us that the Viscardi Center, a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering people with disabilities, has issued a “Call for Nominations” for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. The awards pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. Individuals of any age, with any type of disability, are eligible, and nominations are being accepted through March 15, 2014. Learn more about the nomination process.


Jan. 9, 2014– USBLN Blogs About Mentoring Youth With Disabilities

This month, Jill Houghton, the US Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) executive director, penned a guest blog post for the website on disability mentoring. Entitled, “Career Mentoring Youth With Disabilities as a Business Strategy,” the article highlights USBLN’s Career Link Mentoring Program as well as Disability Mentoring Day, an annual event hosted by Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) member, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). USBLN is a founding member of the CDE, and a proponent of mentoring youth with disabilities as a business strategy to build a pipeline of qualified future job candidates. Read the blog post.