Kathy Martinez

Kathy Martinez is the assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on February 20, 2015 0 Comments
Looking Forward, Looking Back

There are some days you’ll never forget, and for me, today is one of them. It’s my last day as assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, and, as expected, I’m experiencing mixed emotions. While excited about my next adventure, I’m sad to leave my talented and dedicated colleagues and friends at the department. Since […]

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The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

Filed in Disabilities, Education by on January 29, 2015 3 Comments
The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

The author Alex Haley once wrote that family is a “bridge to our future.” And thinking about my own transition to adulthood, I couldn’t agree more. During my elementary and high school years, my parents were definitely along for the ride. They didn’t attend class with me, of course, but they played an active and engaged […]

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Resolving to Expect the Best

Filed in Disabilities by on January 16, 2015 0 Comments
Resolving to Expect the Best

For so many of us, January is a time to reflect on what has passed and set goals for the year ahead. Of course, those proverbial New Year’s resolutions can often be cliché—not to mention difficult to stick to—but they’re a helpful way to frame my priorities for the months to come. It recently struck […]

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Charting a Pathway to a Technology-Accessible Workplace

Filed in Disabilities by on December 20, 2014 0 Comments
Charting a Pathway to a Technology-Accessible Workplace

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on the disability.gov blog. View the original here. Someone recently asked me to name the one thing I couldn’t live without at work. My answer? Technology. I couldn’t do my job – or live my life – as effectively as I do now without information and communication technology (ICT). Considering that […]

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How Accessible is Applying for a Job? Please Share Your Experience

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs by on December 11, 2014 3 Comments
How Accessible is Applying for a Job? Please Share Your Experience

Job-hunting isn’t what it used to be! Back when I started out in the workforce, looking for a job meant picking up the phone to ask about job openings, and mailing (yes, snail mailing, with a stamp) paper copies of my resume and cover letter. But times have certainly changed. Today, everything seems to be […]

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Expect. Employ. Empower. with Data

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs by and on October 22, 2014 0 Comments
Expect. Employ. Empower. with Data

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual observation that recognizes the significant contributions people with disabilities make to our workforce. It also gives us a chance to think about how we can continue to build an economy that gives everyone a fair shot. As President Obama stated in his NDEAM proclamation, “Americans with […]

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Disability Employment Champions of Change

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

Today I had the distinct pleasure of attending a White House event to honor Disability Employment Champions of Change, who have done extraordinary work to promote workplace inclusion and to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. One of the highlights of the event was the screening of a new public service announcement Who I […]

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Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Workplace Rights by on October 2, 2014 0 Comments
Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

At one point in my life, I was an employee, college student and mother to a very young son. What made it all work was flexibility, especially on the part of my employer. (As I recall, my son was less flexible, but I suppose that’s par for the course with a toddler.) Of course, I […]

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Building Inclusion

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on October 1, 2014 0 Comments
Building Inclusion

This week I have had the pleasure of attending the U.S. Business Leadership Network conference, the nation’s largest gathering of employers committed to a diverse workforce inclusive of people with disabilities. As in previous years, it is serving as a most fitting kick-off to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. While here, I find myself thinking […]

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Ladders of Opportunity: Helping All People Climb on Board

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on August 29, 2014 0 Comments
Ladders of Opportunity: Helping All People Climb on Board

Like all employees, I rely on a number of things to do my job well. Depending on the day, these might include technology tools, credible information and data, and collaboration with colleagues, to name just a few. But there is one thing I use every day, something without which my current employment would not be […]

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