The Campaign for Disability Employment
Photo of young worker with intellectual disability

YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

What WILL you do?

Work is an important part of people’s lives. It means more than just getting paid. It means being able to make your own choices about how you want to live your life.

At work, it’s what people can do that matters. If you are a young person with a disability, only you can decide your limits. You can work in a wide variety of jobs and play an important role in America’s economy. In fact, experience with a disability can help in a job or in starting a business. Today more than ever, businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. People with disabilities do this in America’s workplaces every day – and so can you. So set your sights high! Along the way, remember that resources are available to help you seek employment, succeed on the job, and understand your right to be judged on your ability, not disability.

The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has created a series of 31 tips to help companies promote employment for people with disabilities for every day in the month of October, which is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Click on the NDEAM poster below to find out what you can do.

Image of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014 poster. Includes image of a woman in a wheelchair atop a montage of other disability and employment related photos, the tagline 'Expect. Employ. Empower. What Can YOU Do?,' the U.S. Department of Labor seal, and the website dol.gov/odep.


Tell us what you WILL do!
If you are a young person with a disability, we’d like to hear from you!


Please take a moment to share your career aspirations. By doing so, you will help increase employer awareness about the many ways today’s youth plan to be tomorrow’s leaders and will encourage others to dream big!
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I WILL...

Joe K
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I have autism spectrum disorder. I would like to work in IT or a similar computer-related field. I am also interested in accounting. I have already taken some college classes.


DAVID
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I am interested in the movie making process. I like to draw very detailed images. I also enjoy building objects together. I attend Dobie High school in Houston, Tx. I have a strong desire to be very independent in my future.


Sage Nieto
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I want to finish high school then work with little kids


Parker
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My name is Parker and when I grow up I want to be a veterinarian. I love animals and live on a farm full of goats, chickens, rabbits, and donkeys. I also have a service dog named Reese. She is a German Shepherd and loves going to school with me.


Karry
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I have an autism spectrum disorder and fibromyalgia. I attend college with my Assistance Dog, Parker, and am pursuing a degree in Psychology. I WILL graduate, and put my new skills to use helping others in situations like mine to believe in themselves and go on to be great.

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