“America’s Workforce: Empowering All”
WASHINGTON, DC - In keeping with the U.S. Department of Labor’s commitment to ensuring an American workforce for Americans of all abilities, this year’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be “America’s Workforce: Empowering All,” the Department announced today.
“President Trump’s administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs. A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Over the past year, the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has significantly declined. Continued steady job creation will provide even more opportunities for all Americans to get hired and provide for their families.”
The Job Accommodation Network announced its 2017-2018 Monthly Webcast Series schedule. These hour-long, free webcasts will allow participants to learn from the experts and help refine the way to resolve accommodation situations. The series will provide more information on job accommodations for motor, sensory, psychiatric and cognitive issues. Topics will also address telework, modified schedules, parking and current events, as well as the annual update on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Certificate of participation are provided.
• Register for the JAN Webcast Series
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced that “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2017.
“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”
Every October, NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.
ODEP created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies.
In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October as ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.’ In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. In 2001, ODEP was established and formally began selecting the NDEAM theme.
Film Pittsburgh and FISA Foundation co-present the 5th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival, featuring ten international films about the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people living with disabilities. The festival opens on Wednesday, September 6th and runs through Wednesday, September 13th.
This year, ReelAbilities will be held at SouthSide Works Cinemas. It is a fully accessible venue, and all screenings will be presented with open captions, audio description, and ASL interpretation.
Click HERE for film descriptions, trailers, and the complete schedule of events.
For questions or group tickets, please contact: Kelsey, firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-426-3456.
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond expectations to make a significant impact on Pennsylvania’s autism community? The Autism Connection of Pennsylvania is seeking nominations for the Temple Grandin Award, to honor individuals working in Pennsylvania, with an award at their annual gala, Thursday, November 2, 2017.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 15. Finalists and winners will be announced in mid October. Click here for the nomination form.