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.
A total solar eclipse—when the moon completely covers the sun—will be visible from coast to coast on August 21, 2017. This amazing event lasts only about 2 minutes and is safe to watch, but the partial eclipse that happens before and after can permanently damage your vision. Use proper eye protection for safe viewing!
In a 70-mile wide band from central Oregon through South Carolina, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the entire continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years. The rest of the nation and parts of North and Central America will experience a partial solar eclipse. Without special eye protection, viewing a partial eclipse can cause vision loss, even permanent blindness. But, with proper eyewear or a solar viewer, you can safely enjoy this sight of the century. Read more here.
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The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) presents five awards annually, at the NADD Annual Conference, which this year will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 1-3, 2017. The deadline for submitting nominations for these awards is August 31. Click each award for details on criteria and submission information.