October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    by dj
    Published: October 14, 2021 (1 week ago)

    The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy says that “The theme for NDEAM 2021 is ‘America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,’ reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from COVID-19 pandemic.

    NDEAM is observed each October to commemorate the varied contributions people with disabilities give to America’s workplaces and economy each year. This year’s theme ‘America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,’ means a lot to people with disabilities. Visit NDEAM’s website for some great resources.

    The U.S. Census Bureau has key stats on people with disabilities found here.

    The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides individualized services to employers and people with disabilities by developing career pathways that join qualified employees to jobs, that result in a more inclusive workplace.

    DVR’s services are many including an Office for the Deaf & hard of hearing, The APEX Program, supported Employment, pre-Employment Transition Services, Disability Determination Services, and Benefits Counseling. They have services for job seekers, employers and even vendors that work within the DVR programs.

    What everyone must remember, at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. Each has to look beyond personalities, physical or mental disabilities and allow capable, skilled people to utilize their skills in the workplace. Remember to see the Ability in disABILITY.

    The Governor’s Advisory Council created Delaware Disability Website for youth transitioning into adulthood. One of the main categories on the site is employment with plenty of resources for youth, parents and teachers. The mission of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC) is to serve as the review board for policies, procedures and practices related to the delivery of services for all residents with exceptionalities or disabilities in Delaware from birth to death.