The Campaign for Disability Employment

News Archive – 2012

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 info@whatcanyoudocampaign.org.

News and Events from 2012

  • November 27, 2012 -Actors with Down Syndrome Star in Two Upcoming Movies

    Two movies, “Café de Flore” and “Any Day Now,” which will be released in the United States before the end of the year, star actors with Down Syndrome in key roles. And one entertainment executive believes that audiences are now demanding ”more truthful representations that include people with disabilities.” Adam Moore, the National Director of Equal Employment Opportunities & Diversity for the Screen Actors Guild, says that including people with disabilities in film and television has an effect on society. “Seeing someone with a disability onscreen has an unparalleled impact on the way in which audiences engage with issues of disability in every part of their off-screen lives.” Read more on disabilityscoop.

  • November 20, 2012 -“What’s Your Connection” – a Disability.gov Initiative

    How are you connected to the 57 million people with disabilities in the United States? Does your sister have autism? Is your neighbor a veteran with a disability? Do you have a disability? To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Disability.gov collected these stories. To view the submissions, go to flickr.com.

  • November 5, 2012 -13th Annual Disability Mentoring Day Was a ‘Rousing Success’

    A student and his mentor on Disability Mentoring Day. More than 16,500 young students and job seekers with disabilities participated in job shadowing events as part of Disability Mentoring Day. The program provides young people with essential firsthand experiences in the workplace as well as powerful relationships with mentors. DMD is organized by the American Association of People with Disabilities, a founding member of the Campaign for Disability Employment. Learn more about Disability Mentoring Day.

    (Photo caption: ODEP mentor Dylan Orr with student.)

  • October 19, 2012 -Expanding Disability Mentoring Day Beyond Oct. 17

    Did your company participate in Disability Mentoring Day on Oct. 17? The American Association of People with Disabilities has a toolkit that will help companies turn DMD into an employment pipeline for students with disabilities. The best way to reduce the high unemployment rate of people with disabilities is with a proactive approach. Find out how you can expand DMD in your area and give people with disabilities a fair chance at getting hired.

  • October 16, 2012 -Assistant Secretary Martinez: People With Disabilities Must Understand the Value of Work and Expect to Work
  • October 4, 2012 -National Disability Employment Awareness Month Kicks Off

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities. There are many ways to participate in NDEAM. Businesses can invite youth with disabilities to shadow employees for a day. Schools can educate the next generation of employees and employers on the abilities of workers with disabilities. And disability-related organizations can use NDEAM as a platform to raise local awareness about disability employment issues. For more information on how NDEAM can be celebrated, go to the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s NDEAM page. Be sure to check here regularly for news and updates.

  • August 31, 2012 -Winners Announced in Office of Disability and Employment Policy Disability Employment Application Challenge

    The winners of the disability employment application challenge were announced by Secretary Solis and the Office of Disability and Employment Policy. The goal of the app challenge was to promote recruitment resources for employers, develop job training and skill-building tools for job seekers, facilitate employment-related transportation options and expand technology accessibility. The “Access Jobs” application, which is specifically designed for job seekers with disabilities, received the Innovation Award and a $5,000 prize. The “VoisPal-Speak as You Think!” application, an Android-based augmentative and alternative communication app designed to help people with speech difficulties, was awarded the People’s Choice Award through a public voting process, with $3,000 going to the winner. The Above and Beyond Accessibility Award went to “AccDC,” which automates the rendering of dynamic content to ensure accessibility for screen reader and keyboard-only users. Read more…

  • August 16, 2012 -Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Job Accommodation Network will continue to be operated by West Virginia University Research Corp.

    A strong supporter of the CDE, JAN’s leadership has been instrumental in furthering the “What can YOU do?” initiative by nationally distributing the many disability employment awareness outreach tools the CDE has to offer. We congratulate JAN at WVU and wish them success! Read more about the grant award…

  • August 2, 2012 -2012 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Toolkit 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. Upon its establishment in 2001, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since. A 2012 NDEAM toolkit is now available and features the theme, “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” Read more…

  • July 10, 2012 -Vermont Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Partners with National Campaign for Disability Employment, “What can YOU do?” Initiative

    Vermont’s Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) has partnered with the national Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) to broaden the conversation about how Vermonters can work together to increase the employment of people with disabilities in the state. Read more…

  • June 22, 2012 -“What can YOU do?” Video Contest Runner-up Winners Announced

    Today the Campaign for Disability Employment announced the runner-up winners of the 2012 “What can YOU do?” video contest. Overall contest winners in three categories were announced in late May, and the public was asked to participate by voting for the top two videos out of four runners-up. Nearly 900 votes were cast. The first runner-up video, “Hire Me for My Ability,” was submitted by Developmental Disabilities Service Organization Inc.’s Employment Plus program, based in Sacramento, CA, and the second, “Yes I Can,” was submitted by students from the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, N.Y. Read more…

  • May 29, 2012 -Campaign for Disability Employment announces ‘What can YOU do?’ Video Contest winners

    The Campaign for Disability Employment has selected the winning videos in the 2012 “What can YOU do?” video contest! This nationwide contest challenged filmmakers to produce disability employment awareness videos that reflect the diversity of skills people with disabilities offer, challenge common misconceptions about disability employment and reinforce the CDE’s core message that, at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. Read more…

  • May 10, 2012 -US Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announces 2012 theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment has announced the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month as “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” The theme promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce that includes workers with disabilities, who represent a highly skilled talent pool. Read more…

  • May 7, 2012 -US Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy signs alliance agreement with National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities

    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez and National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities President Beth Marks have signed an alliance agreement during National Nurses Week to promote the employment of individuals with disabilities in the health care industry. Read more…

  • February 27, 2012 -Campaign for Disability Employment Announces Video Contest Prizes

    Would YOU like to win an Apple® iPad® or cash prize? The Campaign for Disability Employment’s (CDE) nationwide video contest is your chance to try! Announced in January, the CDE’s “What can YOU do?” Video Contest was launched to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workforce and economy. This is your opportunity to promote positive change by producing a video that illustrates that at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. Read more…

  • January 31, 2012 -Campaign for Disability Employment Announces Nationwide Video Contest

    Can YOU promote positive change and challenge misconceptions about disability employment? Show us! The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has launched a nationwide “What can YOU do?” Video Contest to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workforce and economy. This is your opportunity to produce a video that illustrates that at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. The deadline for entry is March 30, 2012. Read the press release…

  • January 9, 2012 -Customs and Border Protection, Labor Department Sign Disability Hiring Alliance

    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner David Aguilar signed an alliance agreement aimed at increasing the hiring of people with disabilities by federal agencies. “Today’s alliance is an opportunity for ODEP and CBP to demonstrate disability employment practices that will not only result in increased hires at CBP but easily can be replicated by other federal agencies seeking to fulfill the requirements of their executive order plans,” said Martinez in a Jan. 6 statement. Read more…