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May 12, 2015 New Disability Liaison Joins White House Staff

A former adviser to the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has joined the Obama administration where she will focus on incorporating the needs of people with disabilities in administration activities. Maria Town took over this past week as an associate director in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. “Maria’s track record on bolstering youth with disabilities as they transition into the workforce and her demonstrated skill crafting career development opportunities in classrooms, fostering leadership for young people with disabilities and building opportunities for inclusive volunteerism will serve the existing efforts of the White House on behalf of Americans with disabilities well,” said Rebecca Cokley, executive director of the National Council on Disability, a federal agency that advises the president on disability issues. ODEP provides the funding for the Campaign for Disability Employment.
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May 7, 2015 NDEAM 2015: “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am”

The theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month will be “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am,” the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced Wednesday. “This year’s theme encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that — people,” said Jennifer Sheehy, acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.
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March 25, 2015 CDE Helps Businesses Communicate Commitment to Disability Inclusion

The Campaign for Disability Employment has new materials that can help businesses express their commitment to disability inclusion. The free materials include a discussion guide and posters that are centered on the new video public service announcement titled “Who I Am.” The PSA features nine diverse people with disabilities sharing the many ways they describe themselves, from personal interests to family relationships to occupations. The discussion guide and posters are available in English and Spanish.
Click here to learn more and download the materials.

Feb. 20, 2015– Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez Steps Down

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, who is leaving the Office of Disability Employment Policy today, says she is proud of the work she has done, especially the “tangible outcomes with real, lasting impact on people’s lives.” But she also knows that the Department of Labor valued her diverse perspectives – not just her experiences as a person with a disability “but also those stemming from my many other identity markers.” As Assistant Secretary Martinez says, “my disability is only one part of who I am.” Read more about Assistant Secretary Martinez’s accomplishments.

Feb. 3, 2015– Supporting Young People with Disabilities Through Their Transition to Adulthood

The number of students with disabilities enrolled in postsecondary education increased significantly between 1990 and 2005. But graduation rates and entry into competitive integrated employment lags behind those of students without disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) believes that family support is a key strategy to reverse these trends and is working to provide the right tools and information to assist family members. To find out more, click here.