News and Events
Nov. 20, 2013 – Disability Employment PSA Discussion Guide Now Available
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) today announced the availability of a discussion guide to accompany the “Because” public service announcement (PSA) distributed earlier this year. The “Because” PSA has a simple but significant message—that youth with disabilities, like all youth, should grow up expecting to work and succeed, and parents, educators and other adults of influence in their lives should reinforce this expectation at every turn. The new discussion guide—which comes with a DVD containing the PSA—can be used to facilitate a conversation about this important topic among adults or youth in a variety of settings. Free of charge, it is available in both English and Spanish. Learn how to download or order the Discussion Guide.
Oct. 14, 2013 – National Youth Leadership Network Partners With the Campaign for Disability Employment
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is pleased to welcome the National Youth Leadership Network as its latest partner. The organization, which aims to build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 28 years old, recently signed an agreement with the 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.
Oct. 1, 2013 – CDE Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is a proud supporter of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which kicked off on October 1. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), NDEAM is a national campaign observed every October. It raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The NDEAM theme for 2013 is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task,” and the CDE invites organizations to share how they are celebrating the campaign on its NDEAM web page. Additional NDEAM-inspired content will be featured on the CDE’s social media platforms throughout the month, including a daily Twitter series of quotations about disability employment. (#NDEAM) For more information about NDEAM, visit ODEP’s NDEAM web page.
Sept. 24, 2013 – Kessler Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy Partner With CDE
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is pleased to welcome the Kessler Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy as official CDE partners. These organizations recently signed agreements with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) enabling them to customize and distribute national CDE campaign materials and reinforce the “What can YOU do?” brand through their own education and outreach efforts.
Learn how you can support the CDE.
Sept. 16, 2013 – Campaign for Disability Employment Welcomes New Partners
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is pleased to welcome Easter Seals, the National Organization on Disability and TASH as official CDE partners. These organizations recently signed agreements with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) enabling them to customize and distribute national CDE campaign materials and reinforce the “What can YOU do?” brand through their own education and outreach efforts.
Learn how you can support the CDE.
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and for people with disabilities. By strengthening longstanding regulations under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, the new rules will ensure that qualified workers have more meaningful opportunities to find, secure and keep good jobs. For the first time, these rules provide metrics—management tools that inform decision-making and provide real accountability—to measure federal contractors’ progress toward achieving equal opportunity for people with disabilities and protected veterans.
The National Disability Institute wants Americans with disabilities to share their American Dream for its third annual Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest. Create a 3-minute video that tells your story and shows the steps you plan to take toward your American Dream. Entries are due by September 10.
Aug. 12, 2013 – In Sync With the Urban League
| “I may be blind, but I can see clearly the promise of an American workforce that is inclusive of all people, including people with disabilities,” said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, in opening remarks at the Jobs Rebuild America plenary session of the National Urban League conference on July 25 in Philadelphia. Speaking before more than 200 people, Martinez outlined plans to explore how NUL and its affiliates can use ODEP’s evidence-based practices and tools to help serve youth. Ben Seigel, deputy director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, spoke at a conference workshop on Registered Apprenticeship. Seigel praised the work of the department’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship for ensuring that under-represented groups are prepared for apprenticeship success. He challenged community leaders to reach out to the local apprenticeship office in their area and connect with existing RA programs or inquire about creating a new program. Learn About Apprenticeship.
In photo: Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez with Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League.
July 25, 2013 – New Disability Adviser Appointed to White House Post
Claudia Gordon, an attorney and former board member at the American Association of People with Disabilities, has been hired as a liaison between the Obama administration and the disability community. Gordon, who is deaf, has previously held positions at the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The National Council on Disability has released a report that reveals significant improvements in how courts are interpreting protections intended for coverage under the ADA. NCD will host an ADA anniversary event and policy briefing to recall the path to bipartisan support and passage of the Amendments Act and highlight findings of the new report.
June 24, 2013 – Because PSA Shown at Indianapolis 500
|The Campaign for Disability Employment was off to the races when the “Because” public service announcement aired on the big screen at the Indianapolis 500. The annual event, billed as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, was attended by more than 250,000 people. The PSA was seen by 1.3 million people throughout the race weekend.|
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.