What Can YOU Do?
Four Ways You Can Support the Campaign for Disability Employment
At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. That’s the simple message behind the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) — a public awareness campaign to highlight the value and talent people with disabilities add to America’s workplaces and economy.
Every day, people with disabilities can and do add value to America’s workplaces. However, in both good economic times and bad, people with disabilities have far fewer job opportunities than the general population. Inspired to change these realities, the CDE’s “What can YOU do?” effort aims to promote the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities and dispel negative stereotypes about disability and employment.
There are many ways to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities and show your support for the “What can YOU do?” initiative. Here are five things you can do right now:
1. Hire, Retain and Advance People with Disabilities
Businesses that are inclusive of people with disabilities – in hiring, retention and advancement – benefit from a wider pool of talent, skills and creative business solutions. Additionally, fostering a work environment that is flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, actually promotes workplace success for everyone.
2. Be a Mentor
Be a mentor by inspiring youth with disabilities to achieve their career aspirations. It is important that each individual is valued for his or her skills and talents, and that youth with disabilities are supported and encouraged to dream big when it comes to developing career goals. Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders. So if you are a youth with a disability, share what you WILL do with the CDE!
3. Share the “CAN-Do” Spirit
Help the Campaign by telling others about the CDE and the “What can YOU do?” initiative. Use the CDE’s public service announcements (PSAs), accompanying discussion guides, posters and other materials, all included in the CDE’s online Outreach Toolkits, to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities in your business and community. You can also view the CDE Web site to learn how supporters are using the CDE’s tools to share the “CAN-Do” spirit!
4. Link to Us
Link to the CDE on your Web site to show your support for the “What can YOU do?” initiative and provide your visitors with easy access to disability employment information and resources. Various link options are available, including a badge to proudly display your organization’s support for the CDE.
About the Campaign for Disability Employment
The Campaign for Disability Employment, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), is a collaborative effort among several leading disability and business organizations to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work. These partners include:
- American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD);
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN);
- National Business and Disability Council (NBDC);
- National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC);
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM);
- Special Olympics ;
- U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN).
Learn more by visiting WhatCanYouDoCampaign.org.