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Campaign for Disability Employment Announces Video Contest Prizes


Winners of Nationwide Video Competition Will Receive iPad or Cash Award


February 27, 2012 – Today, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a collaborative of leading disability and business organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), announced the prizes that will be awarded to winners of its nationwide “What can YOU do?” Video Contest announced last month.  First place winners in each of the competition’s three categories (General Public, Youth, and Employer) will receive an *Apple® iPad®, and cash awards will go to second place winners in the General Public and Youth categories.  The CDE is grateful to the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®), a founding partner of the CDE, for donating the cash prizes and for featuring the winning Employer video at its upcoming 15th Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL, October 1-4, 2012. 


Built around a coordinated outreach effort titled “What can YOU do?,” the CDE promotes the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities through public service announcements, educational materials and other grass-roots outreach activities.  Reflecting this, the CDE seeks creative, fun, compelling videos of all genres that reflect the diversity of skills that people with disabilities offer, challenge misconceptions about disability and employment, and/or highlight employers’ inclusive employment programs and practices.  The CDE will recognize winners in up to three specific categories, and the public will be encouraged to select a People’s Choice winner. 


The deadline for entry is March 30, 2012.  Videos should be one to three minutes in length (depending on the category entered) and reflect one or more of the campaign’s key themes, which are outlined on the contest website, In addition to the iPad tablets and cash prizes, winning videos will become an integral part of the CDE’s public outreach activities, and several selected videos may be showcased on the campaign’s website and at future CDE events.  More information and the official contest rules are outlined on the competition website. 



About the Campaign for Disability Employment


The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), is a collaborative effort among several 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 Council of La Raza (NCLR); National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC); Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Special Olympics (SO); and the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN).  For more information, visit


*Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.