News and Events
June 17, 2013 – Miss America Contestant to Focus on Overcoming Disabilities
The new Miss Iowa plans to use her position to speak out about disabilities and spotlight an art program for people with special needs. Nicole Kelly was born without her left forearm and says she “learned to counterbalance the initial stares I received from people with an outgoing personality that would not give in to ‘no.’ “ Kelly will compete for the title of Miss America in the national pageant on Sept. 15.
Several new shows this fall will feature characters with disabilities, including a character in a wheelchair, a man who is blind and a man with bipolar disorder. One new show will feature Michael J. Fox, an actor who has Parkinson’s disease, portraying a character with the same illness.
May 23, 2013 – “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task” is NDEAM’s 2013 Theme
The Office of Disability Employment Policy has selected the theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The theme, “Because we are EQUAL to the task,” reflects the reality that people with disabilities have the education, training, experience and desire to be successful in the workplace.
Sixteen students with disabilities have landed jobs in the past nine months thanks to the Student Employment Project at St. Petersburg College. The Project, funded by a three-year grant from the Able Trust in Tallahassee, Fla., is intended to find employment opportunities that match the skill sets, majors and aspirations of graduating students with disabilities. The grant requires that the Student Employment Project work with 60 students in the three-year period and place 15 students in full-time jobs in the first year. So far, the program has worked with 96 students and made 16 placements, though some of those are internships and part-time jobs.
April 8, 2013 – LEAD Center Launches New Website
The LEAD Center, which promotes public policy, employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people across the spectrum of disability, recently launched a new website. The site features the latest LEAD Center news and initiatives, a comprehensive resource center, a national calendar of events and trainings, and information on the Center’s free webinar series. New resources, events, news and information will be added to the site regularly with guest blogs and other features coming soon. Read more
February 12, 2013 – New Chair Appointed to the National Council on Disability
President Obama recently appointed Jeff Rosen as chairperson of the National Council on Disability. Rosen is a third-generation deaf person active in the disability movement. The Council advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies regarding disability issues and policies. In addition to Rosen, three other new members were appointed to the 15-member council. Read more
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin plans to retire in 2014, but the author of the Americans with Disabilities Act intends to spend the remainder of his term working to increase the employment of individuals with disabilities. Read more
January 7, 2013 – Campaign for Disability Employment Releases “Because” PSA
To help millions of people recognize what they can do to make a difference in the lives — and future careers — of young people with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Campaign for Disability Employment has released a new video public service announcement titled “Because.” Learn more.