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Nov. 2, 2015 National Apprenticeship Week is First Week in November

President Obama has proclaimed the week of November 2 as National Apprenticeship Week. Check out the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s dedicated apprenticeship page. ODEP’s goal is to improve apprenticeship training for youth and young adults with disabilities.

Oct. 22, 2015 Topps Introduces Baseball Cards Celebrating Players With Disabilities

Baseball card maker Topps is celebrating current and former players with disabilities for the first time with the new Pride & Perseverance special insert set in the 2015 Baseball Update Series. Launched to commemorate the 70th anniversary of NDEAM and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the cards feature players such as Chicago Cubs teammates Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo, who are cancer survivors, and Oakland A’s outfielder Sam Fuld and NY Mets reliever Buddy Carlyle, who each have diabetes. The series was proposed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), an Alliance Partner of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as a tribute to players with disabilities who have triumphed in Major League Baseball and inspiration to fans of all ages. Both PBATS and ODEP seek to increase the employment of people with disabilities.

Read more about the new baseball cards.

Oct. 1, 2015 Presidential Proclamation – National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2015

President Obama vows to “continue fighting to widen pathways to opportunity for individuals with disabilities and supporting employers in their efforts to increase disability inclusion” in his Presidential Proclamation marking the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. NDEAM is held each October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Read more.

June 22, 2015 Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

The U.S. Department of Labor is marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by offering tools to engage people with disabilities and those who support them. Secretary Perez will be taking questions via Twitter next month to talk about the strides the Labor Department has made on disabilities employment and the work still ahead. The department is also urging people to share their stories about disabilities in the workplace. And to learn more about the ADA, check out the interactive timeline that highlights the milestones that led up to passage of the ADA and marks the developments that have occurred since 1990. Explore the tools here.

June 4, 2015 CDE Member USBLN and Wells Fargo Launch American’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

Campaign for Disability Employment member US Business Leadership Network has partnered with Wells Fargo & Company to launch America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels, the country’s first disability rights mobile museum. The nationwide tour kicks off on Monday, June 8 with events in Charlotte, N.C. America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is an accessible self-contained motor vehicle that features interactive learning opportunities and emerging technologies. The museum will also be joined by the ADA Legacy Tour, a national bus tour that has traveled more than 14,000 miles commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “At Wells Fargo, we are committed to serving customers and team members with disabilities, and we are proud to support this museum. As a Presenting Partner, we are honored to be part of this historic occasion to celebrate the legacy of the disability rights movement,” said Kathy Martinez, People With Disabilities Segment manager at Wells Fargo and former Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment, which provides funding for the CDE. Read more.

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.