National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month will soon come to an end. BUT, the message continues year round. The need for employment opportunities for people with disabilities continues to expand the nation.
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.
What can YOU do to advance the employment of people with disabilities?
Because myths and stereotypes about disability employment continue to create barriers to opportunities for qualified people with disabilities, the Campaign for Disability Employment launched “What can YOU do?” (WCYD) – an initiative to encourage everyone to elevate perceptions about what people with disabilities CAN do on the job and to emphasize the value and talent people with disabilities add to businesses and organizations.
A key part of the WCYD initiative is the “I Can” public service announcement (PSA), a montage of seven people with disabilities – some apparent and some not – sharing what they CAN do on the job when given the opportunity. “I Can” reflects the diversity of skills people with disabilities offer, challenges common misconceptions about disability and employment and reminds everyone that at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.
The CDE encourages everyone to share the “I Can” PSA and use it as a tool to start a conversation about the benefits of fostering a work environment that is flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities. Workplace and Youth “I Can” PSA Discussion Guides are available to facilitate such a conversation. Several versions of the “I Can” PSA are available for download here. The CDE invites YOU to share the PSA with others, feature it on your organization’s website, use it in workplace training, at events, in schools, etc. DVDs are available by request by contacting [email protected]
From the Campaign for Disability Employment – Five Things YOU Can Do to Improve Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities:
- Hire, Retain and Advance People with Disabilities
- Share Your Inclusive Practices
- Be a Mentor
- Share the “CAN-Do” Spirit
- Link to Us
Here’s something you can do right now!
It takes a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The Campaign for Disability Employment and you = collaborative effort year-round.
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