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Dec. 11, 2014– Employment Rate for People With Disabilities in Federal Service at 33-Year High
The federal government is more than halfway toward its goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities, according to a report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In the first three years of enacting the Executive Order signed in 2010, the government has hired 57,491 permanent employees with disabilities. In fiscal year 2013, the employment rate for people with disabilities in Federal service reached a 33-year high of 18 percent. “Our commitment to hiring, developing and retaining more people with disabilities is not just about the numbers,” said Katherine Archuleta, director of OPM. “It’s about making sure that we have a rich diversity of thought, of expertise, of experience, and of perspective throughout the government.” To read the report, click here.
Nov. 26, 2014– “Who I Am” PSA Begins Airing on TV Stations Nationwide
The “Who I Am” PSA has begun airing on TV stations around the country. The PSA, which was released at a White House event last month, features nine real people with disabilities who are not defined solely by their disability but instead by their many life roles. If you would like to see the PSA on your local TV station, click here to download a letter to mail to the station.
Oct. 14, 2014– CDE Launches “Who I Am” PSA
The Campaign for Disability Employment today released a new public service announcement during a White House event celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. “Who I Am” features nine real people with disabilities who demonstrate that they are the sum of their many life roles. View the PSA and learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment.
Oct. 1, 2014– CDE Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Expect. Employ. Empower. That is the theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, designed to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez says this year’s theme “conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It’s about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation.” Learn more about NDEAM.
Sept. 29, 2014– CDE Launches Ask Me Who I Am Campaign
The CDE has launched a public engagement effort to educate that disability is only one part of a person’s identity. Think about the multiple ways you might describe yourself. Are you male? Female? Are you a mother or father, brother or sister, son or daughter? Do you have a disability, or perhaps a friend or loved one who does? Use hashtag #WhoIAmPSA to share the diverse factors that make you who you are. Learn more.
August 1, 2014– Registration Now Open for Disability Equality Index Survey
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), both founding members of the Campaign for Disability Employment, have announced the opening of the registration process for the first annual Disability Equality Index (DEI). Created by leaders in the business and disability communities, the DEI is an online benchmarking tool that offers businesses the opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. Learn more about the DEI.
July 14, 2014– National Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster Now Available
The 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) poster is now available, both for order in hard copy and online, along with several other tools that can assist organizations in planning for this year’s observance, including sample articles, proclamations and press releases. Held each October, NDEAM raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” Access the NDEAM Resource Toolkit and posters.
July 1, 2014 – AAPD Blogs About Disability Employment
Recently, TaKeisha Bobbitt, Managing Director of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), penned a guest blog post for the website Disability.gov about the value of hands-on work experiences for young people with disabilities. Entitled, “Opening Doors for Students with Disabilities,” the article highlights the AAPD internship program which offers undergraduate, graduate and law school students, along with recent graduates with disabilities, a 10-week work experience in Washington, D.C. AAPD is a founding member of the Campaign for Disability Employment. Read the blog post.
June 20, 2014 – New Section 503 and VEVRAA FAQs Now Available
As part of its ongoing effort to provide guidance to the federal contractor community, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) responding to inquiries received from contractors. The FAQs address requirements of the revised regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 503) and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) which aim to improve the hiring and employment of veterans and for people with disabilities. These new FAQs have been added to the many FAQs already published on the OFCCP website. Read the Section 503 FAQs. Read the VEVRAA FAQs.
June 5, 2014 – Special Olympics Blogs About Disability Employment
Recently, Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher penned a guest blog post for the website Disability.gov about the workforce participation of people with intellectual disabilities. Entitled, “It Starts with You,” the article highlights a recent Special Olympics survey conducted by Gallup and the University of Massachusetts at Boston, as well as the roles we all play in enabling people with intellectual disabilities to become respected and productive members of society. The piece also highlighted Special Olympics’ commitment to employment issues and its work as a founding member of the Campaign for Disability Employment. Read the blog post.
May 1, 2014 – 2014 NDEAM Theme Announced
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that “Expect. Employ. Empower.” is the 2014 theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Observed in October, NDEAM is a nationwide campaign sponsored by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that raises awareness about disability employment issues and honors the many diverse contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. “We all have a role to play in – and benefit to gain from – increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. “This year’s theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It’s about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation.” Learn more about NDEAM.
April 15, 2014 – WRP.jobs Online Job Board Open to Private Sector Employers
Private sector employers can now use WRP.jobs, 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 WRP.jobs, 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. WRP.jobs 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 WRP.jobs.
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 Disability.gov 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.
Feb. 7, 2014 – Assistant Secretary of Labor Martinez to Join Paralympic Delegation
Kathy Martinez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, will be traveling to Sochi, Russia as part of the Presidential Delegation to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which begin on March 7. The Honorable Tammy Duckworth, Member of the United States House of Representatives (IL-08) will lead the delegation. While in Sochi, delegation members will attend athletic events, meet with U.S. athletes and attend the Opening Ceremony. Read the press release.
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 Disability.gov 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.