The “What can YOU do?” initiative has generated strong support from businesses and organizations nationwide.
The following featured supporters have demonstrated their commitment to share the “CAN-do” spirit and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. New supporters will be featured on a rotating basis. Visit this page frequently to learn about the innovative ways employers are supporting the mission of the CDE and welcoming the talents of all qualified individuals in the workplace.
The Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities has joined the “What Can You Do?” Campaign for Disability Employment. The Council, which has 21 members, advises the governor and General Assembly on statewide disability issues; educates and advocates for the development of employment opportunities; and promotes the value of diversity, dignity and the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The members include: the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); the National Business and Disability Council (NBDC); the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC); the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Special Olympics; and the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN). The CDE is funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor.
The American Association of People with Disabilities, the nation’s largest disability membership association, organizes the disability community to be a powerful force for change – politically, economically and socially. AAPD worked in coalition with disability and civil rights organizations to help pass the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which specifically clarifies the definition of “disability;” the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which expands safeguards and accessibility in communications for people with disabilities; and the Affordable Care Act, which contains many provisions that affect people with disabilities.
The National Business and Disability Council at The Viscardi Center is a comprehensive resource for Fortune 1000 companies seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace, marketplace and supply chain. NBDC is the preeminent business member organization for disability thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change and the growth of a truly inclusive workforce. Through NBDC’s tiered model, NBDC offers its members research, consultations, workshops and trainings, publications and benchmarking strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-rate disability programs.
The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business owners, corporations and government. The Chamber is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT-owned and friendly businesses, professionals and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members. Of the 50 million people in the United States living with a disability, an estimated 3 million to 5 million are LGBT. The NGLCC recognizes the similarities between the LGBT community and the disability community – each community is made up of talented individuals who face challenging obstacles yet never tire in their search for opportunity.
The Society for Human Resource Management is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. SHRM has signed an alliance agreement with the Office of Disability Employment Policy to ensure that the employment of people with disabilities is supported through training and education, outreach and communication, technical assistance and promoting a national dialogue. As part of this partnership, SHRM joined the Campaign for Disability Employment.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through sports, the organization showcases the skill and dignity of its athletes and brings understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities to all parts of the world.
The The U.S. Business Leadership Network is a business-to-business networking promoting workplaces, marketplaces and supply chains where people with disabilities are included. The USBLN serves as the collective voice of more than 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing more than 5,000 businesses. BLN affiliates learn how to expand diversity recruiting efforts through career fairs, disability mentoring and internship programs, and training programs including disability business etiquette and accommodation.