The Campaign for Disability Employment

News Archive – 2011

The Campaign for Disability Employment News Room includes timely information about the CDE and the “What can YOU do?” initiative. For media resources, see the notepad to the right of this page. Additional information may be obtained by contacting

News and Events from 2011

  • December 12, 2011 -Labor Department Seeks to Improve Job Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities

    The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) invites public comment on this proposal, which will be published in the Dec. 9 edition of the Federal Register. To read the notice of proposed rulemaking or submit a comment, visit the federal e-rulemaking portal at Read more…

  • November 17, 2011 -Campaign for Disability Employment “I Can” PSA Wins International MarCom Award

    The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) today announced that its “I Can” public service announcement (PSA) has been recognized with a 2011 MarCom Award. The PSA, which challenges com­mon misconceptions about disability and employment, was recognized in the Gold category for “exceeding the high standards of the industry norm.” This marks the fourth industry honor for “I Can,” which was previously recognized by PRWeek, the Public Relations Society of America and PR News.Read more…

  • September 22, 2011 -Everyday Health TV Series to Feature Sparkle Effect Founder, Sarah Cronk, and Superstar Cheerio Cheerleader from GLEE, Lauren Potter

    Everyday Health has a new TV series that profiles ordinary people who overcome extraordinary obstacles and who are helping others lead healthier, happier lives. Episode 4 airs this Saturday, September, 24th on local ABC stations, and features Sarah Cronk, the inspirational teenager who founded The Sparkle Effect as well as Lauren Potter, the superstar Cheerio cheerleader on the hit show Glee. The Sparkle Effect is an innovative, student-run program that helps high school students across the country create cheerleading squads that include students with disabilities. For more details on the show, recap episodes, and other information, check out:

  • September 15, 2011 -Don’t Miss the US Business Leadership Network’s 14th Annual Conference & Expo

    The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) will host its 14th Annual Conference & Expo, “Unlocking Key Business Drivers: Disability in the Workplace, Marketplace, and Supply Chain – Strategies for Business Success” on October 16 -19, 2011 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the preeminent national business-to-business event that brings corporate, government, disability-owned businesses, and BLN Affiliates together to create workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are fully included as professionals, customers, and entrepreneurs. Don’t miss the camaraderie, solution-sharing, enhanced networking, and all-star line-up of speakers! For full conference details and to register today, visit

  • August 8, 2011 -2011 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Posters Now Available

    Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for NDEAM 2011 is Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities, which promotes the valuable contributions people with disabilities make to America’s workplaces and economy. 2011 NDEAM posters are now available to download only.

  • July 11, 2011 -Campaign for Disability Employment “I Can” PSA Wins Second National Award

    The Campaign for Disability Employment’s (CDE) “I Can” public service announcement (PSA) was recently recognized by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. The PSA, which challenges com­mon misconceptions about disability and employment, was awarded a PRSA Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation (AOC). This marks the second national honor for “I Can,” which was previously recognized by PRWeek in March 2011.  Read more…

  • June 7, 2011 -Registration Open for Universal Design and Workforce Development Professional Competencies

    This webinar will be hosted by the NTAR Leadership Center on Tuesday, June 28th at 2:00 PM EDT and will explore the skills, habits, and knowledge required by staff to serve a diverse range of businesses and career seekers. Within the field, Universal Design means ensuring the service structure of the nation’s One-Stop Career Centers is designed to better meet the needs of a wide variety of customers, from diverse backgrounds and with numerous potential barriers to employment. At its most basic level, this means providing services and programs that are inherently accessible to the greatest number of customers without the need for separate or disparate basic services. Register for this webinar with the NTAR Leadership Center.

  • May 31, 2011 -US Labor Department Announces About $20 million to Fund State-Run Programs Aimed at Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

    The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in coordination with DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the availability of approximately $20 million for a second round of cooperative agreements to state agencies that administer the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). These funds provide an opportunity for states to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in the workforce. Read more…

  • May 24, 2011 -“I Can” PSA Participant Appointed to U.S. Access Board

    Mat currently serves as Executive Director of the District of Columbia (DC) Developmental Disabilities Council, which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more…

  • May 12, 2011 -US Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) Publishes Proposed VEVRAA Regulation Revisions to Strengthen Employment Protections for Veterans

    Increasing numbers of veterans, with and without disabilities, are returning from duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world only to face substantial obstacles in finding employment. In the spirit of ensuring that all Americans have equal access to good jobs and that America’s workplaces are equitable, OFCCP published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM recommends revisions that strengthen Federal regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (Section 4212), as amended, commonly referred to as VEVRAA. Comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking must be submitted by June 27, 2011. Visit the federal e-rulemaking portal,, to submit comments. Read more…

  • May 3, 2011 -Office of Disability Employment Policy Announces 2011 Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    The Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month: “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities.” The theme honors the contributions of workers with disabilities and serves to inform the public that they represent a highly skilled talent pool that can help employers compete in today’s global economy. Read more…

  • April 26, 2011 -White House Monthly Disability Call Scheduled for Thursday, April 28

    In order to keep the public more informed, the White House hosts monthly conference calls to provide updates on various disability issues and to introduce persons who work on disability issues in the federal government. The next call will begin at 2:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, April 28. To participate, dial (888) 428-4479 and use “White House Disability Call” as the entry code. Live captioning will be available at the start time of the event. Please dial into the conference call 5 minutes early.

  • March 17, 2011 -Work Without Limits Supports the Campaign for Disability Employment by Launching Local Disability Awareness Initiative

    A partnership agreement with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) allows Work Without Limits to customize the existing national CDE campaign materials and build upon the strong “What can YOU do?” brand for a Massachusetts-specific public awareness disability employment campaign. Read more…

  • March 15, 2011 -Campaign for Disability Employment “I Can” PSA Honored at National Awards Ceremony

    The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) received Honorable Mention in the category of Best Use of Audio/Video for the “I Can” video public service announcement (PSA) at the 2010 PRWeek Awards held in New York City, March 10, 2011. Each year, PRWeek awards corporate, nonprofit, agency and educational institutions in recognition of excellence in public relations activities. Read more…

  • March 8, 2011 -US Department of Labor makes available Web-based toolkit for federal agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities.
  • January 7, 2011 -AAPD Expands Summer Internships Program

    What can YOU do? Apply for a summer internship with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and gain invaluable hands-on experience in government by working in public service on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies this summer. College students, law students, and other graduate and professional students with disabilities may apply for AAPD’s Summer Internships Program, which is sponsored by Walmart, the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) and the HSC Foundation. Interns receive a stipend, travel to and from DC, and fully-accessible housing. Apply by January 24, 2011! Read more…