Ask Me Who I Am
A public engagement effort to educate that disability is only one part of a person’s identity
|Use hashtag #WhoIAmPSA to share the diverse factors that make you who you are!|
From our personal interests to our family relationships to our occupations, we all have many sides to ourselves—many diverse factors that make us who we are. And smart employers understand the value of an inclusive workplace that welcomes all of them. That’s because diversity adds value. It helps create an amalgam of opinions and insight when it comes to solving problems and achieving success.
Just think about the multiple ways you might describe yourself. Are you male? Female? Are you a mother or father, brother or sister, son or daughter? Do you have a disability, or perhaps a friend or loved one who does? Are you African American? Latino? Are you a sports fanatic? A bookworm? A musician? A gardener?
Whatever unique identities you bring with you to work each day, chances are you’ve drawn upon many of them to do your job better, whether consciously or not.
Clearly, employers want employees to give their all at work. To do this, they need to be able to bring their all to work – openly, without fear or worry of discrimination. When employees aren’t able to do so, the perspective they can provide is diminished. At the U.S. Department of Labor, we want all of America’s workers to be encouraged to come to work fully. This includes people with apparent and non-apparent disabilities.
This is the spirit underpinning a new public service announcement (PSA) launched as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The “Who I Am” PSA features various people with disabilities – some obvious and some not – sharing the many sides to themselves, including their jobs. It was produced by the Campaign for Disability Employment, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The “Who I Am” PSA features people with various disabilities, but everyone – whether they have a disability or not – can help spread its important message. How? By using social media to share one or more of their diverse identities, along with the hashtag #WhoIAmPSA.
People with disabilities are just that – people.
And like all people, we have families, jobs, hobbies, likes and dislikes. We have problems and we have joys. Our disability is a part of us, but it’s not all of us. It’s only one part of who we are.
We hope you will join us in spreading this important message, during October and all year round.
|RJ is a film and television
actor … and has
|Meg is 5-foot-11 and a
research analyst … with
|Ron is a small business
owner, a grandfather … and
has a prosthetic leg.
|Kate is a sister and a
copywriter … who uses a wheelchair.
|Enas is a dance fitness
instructor, a mom … and
she is blind.