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ODEP Announces 2018 NDEAM Theme – America’s Workforce: Empowering All

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced that this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be America’s Workforce: Empowering All. “A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Over the past year, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has significantly declined. Continued steady job creation will provide even more opportunities for all Americans to get hired and provide for their families.” Held every October, NDEAM is a fitting time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. More information on NDEAM 2018, including the official poster, will be released in coming weeks. Find tools and ideas for celebrating NDEAM.

CDE to Host May 31 Twitter Chat on Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Practices

For many people, work provides not only a paycheck, but also purpose and the opportunity to live an independent, self-directed life. So when significant injury or illness occurs, workers can face difficult choices, including whether to stay at or return to work when feasible. If they leave the labor force for a period of time, they may have understandable concerns about how working will impact disability benefits and services. If they stay at or return to their previous place of employment, they—and their employers—may have legitimate questions about how to ensure a smooth process. During a Twitter chat on May 31, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET, the CDE will welcome experts from Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program and the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Job Accommodation Network to answer questions about both scenarios. To join the discussion, use #CDEChat.

Join the #ICanCDE Photo-Sharing Campaign on Social Media

Ready to “Say Cheese”? The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is excited to announce the launch of our first ever photo-sharing effort! To help spread the message that, “At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters,” we’re inviting people with disabilities and other friends of the CDE to share photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that highlight what they CAN do at work. Just use the hashtag #ICanCDE when you post your photo.

To participate on Facebook, consider changing your profile photo to a picture for the campaign, and then add our customized photo frame. Or, you can print and hold this sign in your photo and post it to your feeds on all three platforms.

Don’t forget to make your posts accessible by describing your photos in the captions of your posts. (Twitter and Facebook also allow you to add alt-text descriptions to your images.)

We can’t wait to see your photos illustrating the many contributions of people with disabilities—all across social media and in workplaces far and wide.

CDE Blogs for Ticket to Work Program

This week, the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Blog published a contributed post penned by the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) team. Featuring background on the CDE’s newly redesigned website, the blog highlights some of the stars of the Campaign’s “Who I Am” public service announcement and recommends ways that people with disabilities can leverage CDE resources. Read the CDE’s guest blog.

National Organization on Disability Joins the CDE

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is delighted to welcome the National Organization on Disability (NOD) as the campaign’s latest Member. In its new role, NOD will meet regularly with the Office of Disability Employment Policy and fellow CDE Members to help steer the multi-faceted campaign and amplify its messages. NOD is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Much of NOD’s activities focus on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To learn more, visit www.nod.org.

CDE and EARN to Host January 17 Twitter Chat on Disability-Inclusive Culture

Workplace disability inclusion is about more than hiring; it’s about facilitating a disability-inclusive culture across an organization’s employment lifecycle, from application to onboarding to advancement. On January 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Campaign for Disability Employment will explore this concept during a Twitter chat with its Member the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). Representatives from EARN will be on hand to discuss “Inclusion@Work,” its new employer policy framework outlining seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with EARN and others to learn and share how these components can and are being put into practice by businesses both large and small. Join using the hashtag #CDEInclusion. 

CDE News 2017

NDEAM 2017 Posters Now Available

The official poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017 is now available to order for free in print or electronic copy in English and Spanish from the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s website! Show how “Inclusion Drives Innovation” by displaying these colorful and dynamic posters in your business, organization, classroom or wherever you would like to share the message of NDEAM. Get the posters.

ODEP Announces 2017 NDEAM Theme: Inclusion Drives Innovation

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced that this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme will be “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.” Find tools and ideas for celebrating NDEAM.

CDE and JAN to Host Twitter Chat on ADA and Accommodations

Mark your calendar! In recognition of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and our founding Member the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) are hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Titled “#ADA27CDE – Celebrating 27 Years of the ADA: The Role of Accommodations in Workplace Inclusion,” the chat will feature special guest Tracie DeFreitas, a Lead Consultant at JAN. Don’t miss this chance to engage with Tracie and others in an online discussion about the basics of accommodations and the critical role they play in maximizing employee productivity and creating a disability-inclusive workplace culture. To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #ADA27CDE.

CDE to Join SSA Ticket to Work Twitter Chat

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is delighted to be teaming up with the Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work program on its next Twitter chat. Scheduled for Thursday, June 29 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, the chat will explore tips and resources to help people with disabilities find job training and employment support. To participate in the chat, please log on to Twitter and use #DEChat.

CDE Welcomes EARN as Its Newest Member

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is pleased to announce that the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has joined the campaign’s membership slate. As such, it will join the CDE’s other seven members in shaping and steering the campaign’s products and future activities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center, EARN is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity. Learn more about EARN.

CDE and AUCD to Host Twitter Chat on Mental Health in the Workplace

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) are hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Titled “#CDEMentalHealth: Creating Inclusive Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities,” the chat will feature special guest Andy Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. Don’t miss this chance to engage with Andy and others in an online discussion about helping people with mental health disabilities thrive in the workplace. To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #CDEMentalHealth. Sample questions that will be posed during the chat include the following:

Q: What do you feel are the pros of being open about a mental health disability at work?
Q: What can employers do to be inclusive of people with mental health disabilities?
Q: What are some accommodations that have helped you thrive at work?
Q: What strategies have you used to request accommodations for a mental health disability?
Q: How do you balance caring for your mental health with working?
Q: What resources on workplace mental health do you recommend employers know about?
Q:What do you think all workplaces can do to combat stigma around mental heath disabilities?

CDE PSAs To Be Featured at ReelAbilities Film Festival

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has announced that its three national public service announcements will be screened during the ReelAbilities Film Festival, which takes place March 9 – 12, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thousands are expected for the Hollywood style film screening extravaganza, including notable celebrities and disability thought leaders. Among them are keynote speaker RJ Mitte, well known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White on the AMC hit “Breaking Bad” and one of the participants in the CDE’s “Who I Am” PSA. The festival will include events, workshops, speakers and more than 60 powerful films that showcase the stories, lives and art of people who experience disabilities.

CDE To Join National Down Syndrome Society Webinar on Disability Mentoring

In honor of National Mentoring Month, the National Down Syndrome Society is hosting a free webinar on the value of career mentorship for youth with disabilities. Among the speakers will be Derek Shields, co-chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. Scheduled for January 30 at 1 p.m. ET, the online event will explore various disability mentoring program models, tips for effective networking and personal stories from the front lines of mentoring. The event will also showcase CDE tools and resources that support the concepts of mentoring and career preparation for youth with disabilities. To register and learn more, visit the webinar registration page.

CDE News 2014-2016

CDE and AAPD to Host Twitter Chat on Disability Mentoring

In honor of National Mentoring Month and “I Am a Mentor Day,” ODEP’s Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and its member organization the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The chat will feature special guest Derek Shields, co-chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, who will help generate an online discussion about career mentoring and its role in the employment success of people with disabilities, especially those who are new to the workforce. To participate in this important Twitter conversation, please use the hashtag #DisabilityMentors.

CDE Twitter Chat to Feature MLB Inclusion Ambassador Curtis Pride

Please join the Campaign for Disability Employment and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society on October 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat featuring special guest Curtis Pride, former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder, current Gallaudet University Head Baseball Coach and MLB Ambassador for Inclusion. Held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the theme of the chat is “#InclusionWorks: Fielding a Full Team in the Workplace.” The chat will focus on what people with disabilities can do to knock their career goals out of the park—and how employers can step up to the plate to support a fully inclusive team in their workplaces. To participate in this important Twitter conversation, please use the hashtag #InclusionWorks.

Campaign for Disability Employment to Host Twitter Chat on Youth with Disabilities

On Thursday, July 28 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, the Campaign for Disability Employment is hosting its first Twitter chat on advancing the employment prospects of youth and young adults with disabilities. Held in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the chat will serve as a prelude to this October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by highlighting why “inclusion works” for the current generation of youth with disabilities who are either transitioning to or just starting out in the workforce. The chat will explore what today’s post-ADA generation of youth with disabilities see as key to their workplace success—and the ways in which employers can support them. To participate in the Twitter chat, use the hashtag #CDEYouth.

Campaign for Disability Employment Joins Instagram

Today, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) announced that it is now on Instagram! With a strong focus on positive imagery and messages about disability and employment, the campaign’s Instagram presence will help further showcase our core message that “at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.” Follow the CDE on Instagram.

CDE Helps Businesses Communicate Commitment to Disability Inclusion

The Campaign for Disability Employment has new materials that can help businesses express their commitment to disability inclusion. The free materials include a discussion guide and posters that are centered on the new video public service announcement titled “Who I Am.” The PSA features nine diverse people with disabilities sharing the many ways they describe themselves, from personal interests to family relationships to occupations. The discussion guide and posters are available in English and Spanish. Learn more and download the “Who I Am” materials.

‘Who I Am’ PSA Begins Airing on TV Stations Nationwide

The “Who I Am” PSA has begun airing on TV stations around the country. The PSA, which was released at a White House event last month, features nine real people with disabilities who are not defined solely by their disability but instead by their many life roles. View the PSA and learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment.

CDE Launches ‘Who I Am’ PSA

The Campaign for Disability Employment today released a new public service announcement during a White House event celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. “Who I Am” features nine real people with disabilities who demonstrate that they are the sum of their many life roles. View the PSA and learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment.

CDE News 2012-2013

Disability Employment PSA Discussion Guide Now Available

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) today announced the availability of a discussion guide to accompany the “Because” public service announcement (PSA) distributed earlier this year. The “Because” PSA has a simple but significant message—that youth with disabilities, like all youth, should grow up expecting to work and succeed, and parents, educators and other adults of influence in their lives should reinforce this expectation at every turn. The new discussion guide—which comes with a DVD containing the PSA—can be used to facilitate a conversation about this important topic among adults or youth in a variety of settings. Free of charge, it is available in both English and Spanish. Learn how to download or order the Discussion Guide.

‘Because’ PSA Shown at Indianapolis 500

The Campaign for Disability Employment was off to the races when the “Because” public service announcement aired on the big screen at the Indianapolis 500. The annual event, billed as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, was attended by more than 250,000 people. The PSA was seen by 1.3 million people throughout the race weekend.

Campaign for Disability Employment Releases ‘Because’ PSA

To help millions of people recognize what they can do to make a difference in the lives—and future careers—of young people with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Campaign for Disability Employment has released a new video public service announcement titled “Because.” Learn more about the “Because” PSA.

‘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. Learn more about the video contest.

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. Learn more about the video contest.

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. Learn more about the video contest.

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. Learn about the video contest.

CDE News 2009-2011

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.

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.

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.

Campaign for Disability Employment ‘I Can’ PSA Selected as 2010 PRWeek Award Finalist

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is proud to announce that its “I Can” video public service announcement (PSA) has been selected as a finalist for a 2010 PRWeek Award in the category of “Best Use of Audio/Video.” Each year, PRWeek Awards are awarded to corporate, nonprofit, agency and educational institutions in recognition of excellence in public relations activities. Winners will be announced on March 10, 2011 in New York City at the PRWeek Awards 2011 ceremony.

U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Announces New Outreach Tools from the Campaign for Disability Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced a series of new products through the Campaign for Disability Employment that are designed to promote the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities, and dispel negative stereotypes about disability and employment. Learn more about the tools.

Best Buy and the Campaign for Disability Employment Announce National Video Contest Winner

Today, Best Buy and the Campaign for Disability Employment, a newly-formed collaborative of leading disability organizations, announced the winner of the What Can YOU Do? Video Contest. The national competition, which attracted more than 130 videos promoting the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workplaces and economy, was won by Mississippi native Blake Watson. Learn more about the video contest.

Leading Disability Organizations Launch Campaign for Disability Employment

Last evening at the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) Annual Conference and National Career Fair, several leading disability organizations launched the Campaign for Disability Employment, a new collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Learn about the campaign.

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Recent CDE News

ODEP Announces 2018 NDEAM Theme – America’s Workforce: Empowering All

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced that this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be America’s Workforce: Empowering All. “A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Over the past year, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has significantly declined. Continued steady job creation will provide even more opportunities for all Americans to get hired and provide for their families.” Held every October, NDEAM is a fitting time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. More information on NDEAM 2018, including the official poster, will be released in coming weeks. Find tools and ideas for celebrating NDEAM.

CDE to Host May 31 Twitter Chat on Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Practices

For many people, work provides not only a paycheck, but also purpose and the opportunity to live an independent, self-directed life. So when significant injury or illness occurs, workers can face difficult choices, including whether to stay at or return to work when feasible. If they leave the labor force for a period of time, they may have understandable concerns about how working will impact disability benefits and services. If they stay at or return to their previous place of employment, they—and their employers—may have legitimate questions about how to ensure a smooth process. During a Twitter chat on May 31, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET, the CDE will welcome experts from Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program and the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Job Accommodation Network to answer questions about both scenarios. To join the discussion, use #CDEChat.

Join the #ICanCDE Photo-Sharing Campaign on Social Media

Ready to “Say Cheese”? The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is excited to announce the launch of our first ever photo-sharing effort! To help spread the message that, “At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters,” we’re inviting people with disabilities and other friends of the CDE to share photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that highlight what they CAN do at work. Just use the hashtag #ICanCDE when you post your photo.

To participate on Facebook, consider changing your profile photo to a picture for the campaign, and then add our customized photo frame. Or, you can print and hold this sign in your photo and post it to your feeds on all three platforms.

Don’t forget to make your posts accessible by describing your photos in the captions of your posts. (Twitter and Facebook also allow you to add alt-text descriptions to your images.)

We can’t wait to see your photos illustrating the many contributions of people with disabilities—all across social media and in workplaces far and wide.

CDE Blogs for Ticket to Work Program

This week, the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Blog published a contributed post penned by the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) team. Featuring background on the CDE’s newly redesigned website, the blog highlights some of the stars of the Campaign’s “Who I Am” public service announcement and recommends ways that people with disabilities can leverage CDE resources. Read the CDE’s guest blog.

National Organization on Disability Joins the CDE

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is delighted to welcome the National Organization on Disability (NOD) as the campaign’s latest Member. In its new role, NOD will meet regularly with the Office of Disability Employment Policy and fellow CDE Members to help steer the multi-faceted campaign and amplify its messages. NOD is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Much of NOD’s activities focus on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To learn more, visit www.nod.org.

CDE and EARN to Host January 17 Twitter Chat on Disability-Inclusive Culture

Workplace disability inclusion is about more than hiring; it’s about facilitating a disability-inclusive culture across an organization’s employment lifecycle, from application to onboarding to advancement. On January 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Campaign for Disability Employment will explore this concept during a Twitter chat with its Member the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). Representatives from EARN will be on hand to discuss “Inclusion@Work,” its new employer policy framework outlining seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with EARN and others to learn and share how these components can and are being put into practice by businesses both large and small. Join using the hashtag #CDEInclusion. 

2017

CDE News 2017

NDEAM 2017 Posters Now Available

The official poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017 is now available to order for free in print or electronic copy in English and Spanish from the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s website! Show how “Inclusion Drives Innovation” by displaying these colorful and dynamic posters in your business, organization, classroom or wherever you would like to share the message of NDEAM. Get the posters.

ODEP Announces 2017 NDEAM Theme: Inclusion Drives Innovation

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced that this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme will be “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.” Find tools and ideas for celebrating NDEAM.

CDE and JAN to Host Twitter Chat on ADA and Accommodations

Mark your calendar! In recognition of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and our founding Member the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) are hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Titled “#ADA27CDE – Celebrating 27 Years of the ADA: The Role of Accommodations in Workplace Inclusion,” the chat will feature special guest Tracie DeFreitas, a Lead Consultant at JAN. Don’t miss this chance to engage with Tracie and others in an online discussion about the basics of accommodations and the critical role they play in maximizing employee productivity and creating a disability-inclusive workplace culture. To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #ADA27CDE.

CDE to Join SSA Ticket to Work Twitter Chat

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is delighted to be teaming up with the Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work program on its next Twitter chat. Scheduled for Thursday, June 29 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, the chat will explore tips and resources to help people with disabilities find job training and employment support. To participate in the chat, please log on to Twitter and use #DEChat.

CDE Welcomes EARN as Its Newest Member

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is pleased to announce that the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has joined the campaign’s membership slate. As such, it will join the CDE’s other seven members in shaping and steering the campaign’s products and future activities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center, EARN is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity. Learn more about EARN.

CDE and AUCD to Host Twitter Chat on Mental Health in the Workplace

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) are hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Titled “#CDEMentalHealth: Creating Inclusive Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities,” the chat will feature special guest Andy Imparato, Executive Director of AUCD. Don’t miss this chance to engage with Andy and others in an online discussion about helping people with mental health disabilities thrive in the workplace. To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #CDEMentalHealth. Sample questions that will be posed during the chat include the following:

Q: What do you feel are the pros of being open about a mental health disability at work?
Q: What can employers do to be inclusive of people with mental health disabilities?
Q: What are some accommodations that have helped you thrive at work?
Q: What strategies have you used to request accommodations for a mental health disability?
Q: How do you balance caring for your mental health with working?
Q: What resources on workplace mental health do you recommend employers know about?
Q:What do you think all workplaces can do to combat stigma around mental heath disabilities?

CDE PSAs To Be Featured at ReelAbilities Film Festival

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has announced that its three national public service announcements will be screened during the ReelAbilities Film Festival, which takes place March 9 – 12, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thousands are expected for the Hollywood style film screening extravaganza, including notable celebrities and disability thought leaders. Among them are keynote speaker RJ Mitte, well known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White on the AMC hit “Breaking Bad” and one of the participants in the CDE’s “Who I Am” PSA. The festival will include events, workshops, speakers and more than 60 powerful films that showcase the stories, lives and art of people who experience disabilities.

CDE To Join National Down Syndrome Society Webinar on Disability Mentoring

In honor of National Mentoring Month, the National Down Syndrome Society is hosting a free webinar on the value of career mentorship for youth with disabilities. Among the speakers will be Derek Shields, co-chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. Scheduled for January 30 at 1 p.m. ET, the online event will explore various disability mentoring program models, tips for effective networking and personal stories from the front lines of mentoring. The event will also showcase CDE tools and resources that support the concepts of mentoring and career preparation for youth with disabilities. To register and learn more, visit the webinar registration page.

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CDE News 2014-2016

CDE and AAPD to Host Twitter Chat on Disability Mentoring

In honor of National Mentoring Month and “I Am a Mentor Day,” ODEP’s Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and its member organization the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The chat will feature special guest Derek Shields, co-chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, who will help generate an online discussion about career mentoring and its role in the employment success of people with disabilities, especially those who are new to the workforce. To participate in this important Twitter conversation, please use the hashtag #DisabilityMentors.

CDE Twitter Chat to Feature MLB Inclusion Ambassador Curtis Pride

Please join the Campaign for Disability Employment and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society on October 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat featuring special guest Curtis Pride, former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder, current Gallaudet University Head Baseball Coach and MLB Ambassador for Inclusion. Held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the theme of the chat is “#InclusionWorks: Fielding a Full Team in the Workplace.” The chat will focus on what people with disabilities can do to knock their career goals out of the park—and how employers can step up to the plate to support a fully inclusive team in their workplaces. To participate in this important Twitter conversation, please use the hashtag #InclusionWorks.

Campaign for Disability Employment to Host Twitter Chat on Youth with Disabilities

On Thursday, July 28 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, the Campaign for Disability Employment is hosting its first Twitter chat on advancing the employment prospects of youth and young adults with disabilities. Held in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the chat will serve as a prelude to this October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by highlighting why “inclusion works” for the current generation of youth with disabilities who are either transitioning to or just starting out in the workforce. The chat will explore what today’s post-ADA generation of youth with disabilities see as key to their workplace success—and the ways in which employers can support them. To participate in the Twitter chat, use the hashtag #CDEYouth.

Campaign for Disability Employment Joins Instagram

Today, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) announced that it is now on Instagram! With a strong focus on positive imagery and messages about disability and employment, the campaign’s Instagram presence will help further showcase our core message that “at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.” Follow the CDE on Instagram.

CDE Helps Businesses Communicate Commitment to Disability Inclusion

The Campaign for Disability Employment has new materials that can help businesses express their commitment to disability inclusion. The free materials include a discussion guide and posters that are centered on the new video public service announcement titled “Who I Am.” The PSA features nine diverse people with disabilities sharing the many ways they describe themselves, from personal interests to family relationships to occupations. The discussion guide and posters are available in English and Spanish. Learn more and download the “Who I Am” materials.

‘Who I Am’ PSA Begins Airing on TV Stations Nationwide

The “Who I Am” PSA has begun airing on TV stations around the country. The PSA, which was released at a White House event last month, features nine real people with disabilities who are not defined solely by their disability but instead by their many life roles. View the PSA and learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment.

CDE Launches ‘Who I Am’ PSA

The Campaign for Disability Employment today released a new public service announcement during a White House event celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. “Who I Am” features nine real people with disabilities who demonstrate that they are the sum of their many life roles. View the PSA and learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment.

2012 - 2013

CDE News 2012-2013

Disability Employment PSA Discussion Guide Now Available

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) today announced the availability of a discussion guide to accompany the “Because” public service announcement (PSA) distributed earlier this year. The “Because” PSA has a simple but significant message—that youth with disabilities, like all youth, should grow up expecting to work and succeed, and parents, educators and other adults of influence in their lives should reinforce this expectation at every turn. The new discussion guide—which comes with a DVD containing the PSA—can be used to facilitate a conversation about this important topic among adults or youth in a variety of settings. Free of charge, it is available in both English and Spanish. Learn how to download or order the Discussion Guide.

‘Because’ PSA Shown at Indianapolis 500

The Campaign for Disability Employment was off to the races when the “Because” public service announcement aired on the big screen at the Indianapolis 500. The annual event, billed as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, was attended by more than 250,000 people. The PSA was seen by 1.3 million people throughout the race weekend.

Campaign for Disability Employment Releases ‘Because’ PSA

To help millions of people recognize what they can do to make a difference in the lives—and future careers—of young people with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Campaign for Disability Employment has released a new video public service announcement titled “Because.” Learn more about the “Because” PSA.

‘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. Learn more about the video contest.

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. Learn more about the video contest.

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. Learn more about the video contest.

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. Learn about the video contest.

2009 - 2011

CDE News 2009-2011

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.

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.

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.

Campaign for Disability Employment ‘I Can’ PSA Selected as 2010 PRWeek Award Finalist

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is proud to announce that its “I Can” video public service announcement (PSA) has been selected as a finalist for a 2010 PRWeek Award in the category of “Best Use of Audio/Video.” Each year, PRWeek Awards are awarded to corporate, nonprofit, agency and educational institutions in recognition of excellence in public relations activities. Winners will be announced on March 10, 2011 in New York City at the PRWeek Awards 2011 ceremony.

U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Announces New Outreach Tools from the Campaign for Disability Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced a series of new products through the Campaign for Disability Employment that are designed to promote the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities, and dispel negative stereotypes about disability and employment. Learn more about the tools.

Best Buy and the Campaign for Disability Employment Announce National Video Contest Winner

Today, Best Buy and the Campaign for Disability Employment, a newly-formed collaborative of leading disability organizations, announced the winner of the What Can YOU Do? Video Contest. The national competition, which attracted more than 130 videos promoting the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workplaces and economy, was won by Mississippi native Blake Watson. Learn more about the video contest.

Leading Disability Organizations Launch Campaign for Disability Employment

Last evening at the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) Annual Conference and National Career Fair, several leading disability organizations launched the Campaign for Disability Employment, a new collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Learn about the campaign.