Tag: International Year of Youth

Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

Filed in Disabilities, Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on October 17, 2012 0 Comments
Disability Mentoring Day: Pay it Forward

In order to effectively prepare to enter the workforce, young people with disabilities—like all young people—must have the opportunity to explore their employment potential through firsthand experience and trusted relationships with older, more experienced workers. I know this because I was once one of those young people. And I wouldn’t be where I am today […]

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Expanding Opportunities Available to Youth(Build)

Yesterday I had the chance to announce that our Employment and Training Administration is making approximately $75 million in grants available for the YouthBuild program.  I have to be honest, there are perks to being a cabinet secretary, but one that I truly enjoy is the chance to be a part of programs like YouthBuild […]

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Reflections on a Decade of Disability Employment Policy

Reflections on a Decade of Disability Employment Policy

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy celebrated its 10th anniversary.  In the decade since joining the DOL family, ODEP has been challenging outdated stereotypes and attitudes that keep people with disabilities out of the workplace, while aligning policy and practice to open the doors to employment opportunities. At this juncture […]

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NDEAM: The Possibilities

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment, Workplace Rights by on October 24, 2011 10 Comments

October is my favorite month of the year, and not just for the candy and costumed hilarity around Berkeley, but because it’s such a great month for people with disabilities. Not only did we just finish our second annual Disability History Week here in California, it’s also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time […]

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Workers with Disabilities: An Investment in the Future

Filed in Workforce Investment by on October 19, 2011 16 Comments

I was born blind, and not surprisingly, my life has been profoundly impacted by my disability.  Yet, it’s only one of the many factors that shape my identity and the person I am today.  And an investment in my future has been critical.  Fortunately, my parents were savvy investors.  And I’m not talking about financial […]

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Transitioning from College to a Career

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Development by on September 7, 2011 10 Comments

Structure and discipline. While these two items might seem fairly trivial at first glance, they are two of the more significant changes many will face when transitioning from college to a career. Of course the amount of change and adjustment required for these two areas will vary greatly depending on one’s previous full-time employment history. […]

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WRP: An Opportunity to Test Drive a Future Career

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on August 9, 2011 1 Comment
WRP: An Opportunity to Test Drive a Future Career

I never imagined an email about the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Workforce Recruitment Program from my university’s Office of Disability Services would bring many opportunities and open doors for me in the near future.  My interview was unlike any other I’d had before because it was the first time I’d interviewed with someone who […]

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Shaping a More Inclusive Workplace

Today, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will host its first National Diversity Forum at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,.  This event is part of Add Us In – an initiative with the main goal of identifying and developing strategies to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities in small business […]

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Ensuring Competitive Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities, Here and Abroad

Filed in Education, Jobs by on July 20, 2011 9 Comments

There’s a question that young people with disabilities deal with every day when entering the workforce: “How can I find and keep a job?” It’s one I’m looking at right now, as are many of my friends and not just in the U.S., but worldwide. I had the privilege of doing some international disability rights […]

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Adversity to Prosperity

Filed in Child Labor, Jobs by on June 14, 2011 7 Comments
Adversity to Prosperity

One of my struggles growing up was being diagnosed with a hearing loss at the age of 9. Being told that I would not get more than a high school education, I made it my mission to enroll in and attend a university to show that I can do more despite my disability. Not only […]

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