Tag: Disability Employment

Number Power

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Jobs by on September 10, 2014 1 Comment
Number Power

In my former career as a special education transition teacher, I was constantly measuring the change and growth of my students. I maintained a binder on each student that contained their individualized goals along with various data collection forms on which I tracked their progress. This information was crucial to education program planning and my […]

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Disability Rights are Civil Rights

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Workplace Rights by on July 30, 2014 8 Comments
Disability Rights are Civil Rights

Earlier this month, we as a nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Just minutes before putting pen to paper on that historic day, President Lyndon B. Johnson went on television to address the nation, articulating the law’s fundamental purpose: to create a better, more inclusive society […]

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Coming to Work Fully

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on July 16, 2014 4 Comments
Coming to Work Fully

I love coming to work each day. Why? Because I’m able to do so fully. What do I mean by that? I mean that my employer encourages employees to bring their “whole selves” to the job. This makes the department a great place to work, because of course none of us has just one side; […]

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The Thrill of Being in the Game

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on March 5, 2014 0 Comments
The Thrill of Being in the Game

This week, America’s Paralympians hit the snow and ice in Sochi, where they will compete in five different winter disciplines: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey and wheelchair curling. Like their compatriots who competed last month, these elite athletes represent the very best of America — diversity, determination and teamwork. Even further, they represent America’s spirit […]

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Career Mentoring Youth with Disabilities as a Business Strategy

Filed in Disabilities by on January 18, 2014 0 Comments
Career Mentoring Youth with Disabilities as a Business Strategy

Editor’s note: This article has been cross-posted from Disability.gov and was written by guest blogger Jill Houghton, executive director of the US Business Leadership Network. US Business Leadership Network companies recognize that the “gold standard” of disability-inclusive hiring starts with building the talent pipeline through effective partnerships. While internships have long been recognized as an essential […]

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Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth

Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth

As another ODEP-led National Disability Employment Awareness Month draws to a close, I am heartened by all the fantastic ways individuals and organizations have worked to spread the spirit of this year’s theme, Because We Are EQUAL to the Task. This spirit was perhaps most evident on Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), which this year served […]

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Sailing to Success

Sailing to Success

When I was a teenager, I learned to sail. People are often surprised when they learn this. I was born blind, after all, and combining blindness and sailing sounds like a scary proposition. But I was so enthralled with the sea that I enrolled in the Sea Explorers program, an offshoot of the Boy Scouts […]

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“Because”: Tapping the Power of Influence and Expectation

Filed in Disabilities, DOL, Education, Workforce Development by on January 16, 2013 1 Comment

In life and in the workplace, success does not always come easily. If you ask any accomplished adult how they got where they are today, he or she will likely credit hard work, tenacity and even luck. But most will also acknowledge other people — individuals who encouraged and inspired them to set and achieve […]

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Building a More Inclusive Workforce, Worldwide

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on December 19, 2012 3 Comments
Building a More Inclusive Workforce, Worldwide

Day to day, we aim to ensure that America’s workforce is inclusive of all people, including those of us with disabilities. However, disability is a much broader, international issue. For this reason, we apply a global perspective to the work we do in the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). ODEP has a vital […]

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What’s Your Connection?

Filed in Disabilities by on November 21, 2012 2 Comments

Connected. It’s a term that gets discussed a lot these days. And in the era of smartphones and tablet computers, there’s no denying that today we’re more connected than ever. But the true meaning of the word is much more basic in nature. To be connected is to be brought together—and this spirit of togetherness […]

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