Kicking Off National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017
Every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) offers an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2017 is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has a variety of resources to help you be a part of NDEAM, including:
- A 31 days of NDEAM slide show full of event ideas
- Sample proclamation, press release, and social media content
- Activity ideas for employees and employers, educators and youth-serving professionals, and disability organizations.
In the White House's National Disability Employment Awareness Month proclamation, President Donald Trump noted that "many Americans with disabilities struggle to find employment opportunities, despite the wealth of skills they have to offer" and called on employers to "recognize the fresh perspectives and skills these men and women can add to an innovation-focused workforce."
All month, ACL will be sharing disability employment stories, research, and best practices. We'll send updates via e-mail, but you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or check our NDEAM 2017 page to get the information faster.
To kick off the month, we've compiled a list of disability employment resources from ACL and our grantees and partners.
Resources for People with Disabilities and their Families and Friends
- Centers for Independent Living are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonprofit agencies that provide an array of independent living services, including services that can help with employment.
- ACL-funded state assistive technology programs provide information on tools and services that can help a person with a disability perform activities that might otherwise be difficult, whether at home or in the workplace.
- The Job Accommodation Network is an ODEP-funded technical assistance center providing free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.
Resources for Employers
- Funded by NIDILRR, the ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act. Browse resources for employers or call 800-949-4232.
- ODEP's Resources for Employers page provides tools to help effectively recruit, retain, and advance people with disabilities.
- The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort 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.
- NIDILRR's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities looked at the literature and surveyed human resources professionals on the effect of inclusive human resources and practices.
- The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities (CECY) has posted several videos that illustrate how employers are successfully integrating and supporting employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CECY is one of 14 Partnerships in Integrated Employment (PIE) grants being funded by ACL's Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Resources for States, Policymakers, and Nonprofits
- ACL Profiles in Integrated Employment highlights stories and best practices from agencies and states leading the way towards integrated employment for people with disabilities. Read tips for employment service providers transitioning to an integrated employment model.
- Find out how Medicaid Buy-In is opening the door to employment for people with disabilities.
- The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities.
In collaboration with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), the KS Disability & Health Program is sponsoring a FREE online exercise program called 14 Weeks to a Healthier You!
This program, developed by NCHPAD, provides FREE personalized exercises and routines (including videos) tailored for people with mobility limitations and chronic conditions and their individual strengths and needs. Nutrition and healthy eating tips are also included - all in an effort to help Kansans with mobility impairments or chronic health conditions lead more physically active and healthy lives within their communities.
Interested individuals just need to go to the website (posted below) and register. Participants will be asked to fill out a brief profile about themselves in order to be guided through the personalized 14-week online exercise program, with new videos and information provided as individuals log-in each of the 14 weeks of the program. The 14 Weeks to a Healthier You online program can be accessed via mobile devices as well as traditional computer and laptops.
On this episode of "Resource Central," host Joe Reinecker talks with Renee Roberts. Roberts is the transportation manager for SKIL and is located in Parsons. Here she talks about her work in coordinating medically-related transportation for the disabled, and explains how people interested in the service (or in driving) can do so.
Are you a US resident (Age 18+) who uses a service animal or other animal that assists you with your disability? If not, are you the parent of a child who uses such an animal?
If so, the Southwest ADA Center (www.southwestada.org) would like to learn about your experiences with accessing public places with your animal. We invite you to complete the following anonymous survey at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3773597/Assistance-Animal-Survey
Meet Susan Robinson - On this episode of "Resource Central," Joe Reinecker talks with Susan Robinson of Chanute. Susan is a SKIL customer who also serves on the organization's board. Here she talks about her day-to-day life, her disability, and what SKIL does for her and how it has enhanced her life. She also talks about working for the organization.