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Advancing Our Ideals and Economy

2019-08-25T23:21:16+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

Advancing Our Ideals and Economy Kathy Peery, a legislative affairs specialist for a federal agency, and her service dog Our nation is rooted in the values of opportunity and individualism, and since our founding, we’ve reaffirmed our commitment to those values many times. The signing into law of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Celebrating Equality and Inclusion for Americans with Disabilities

2019-08-25T23:18:11+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

Celebrating Equality and Inclusion for Americans with Disabilities Erin Thompson, an administrative assistant who has Down Syndrome, works five days a week handing a variety of tasks. Twenty years ago – on June 22, 1999 – America ushered in a new era of equality and inclusion for people with disabilities. With the ruling in Olmstead v. L.C.,

Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day

2019-08-25T23:18:10+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day On behalf of all of us at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), we would like to wish you a wonderful World Autism Awareness Day. We encourage you to join us in recognizing the talents and skills of people on the autism spectrum both today and throughout National Autism

28 Years of the ADA: Jobs for All Americans

2019-09-17T20:43:36+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

28 Years of the ADA: Jobs for All Americans   This Administration is committed to ensuring all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs. As we pursue this goal, it is important to reflect on policy that significantly expanded the opportunity to work for millions of Americans. This week marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans

The Workforce Recruitment Program: Where Success Comes Full Circle

2019-08-25T23:18:08+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

The Workforce Recruitment Program: Where Success Comes Full Circle   Lauren Karas (center front) poses with colleagues at the USBLN 2016 annual conference. During my junior year at Elon University, I was searching for a summer internship in the District of Columbia, reviewing  job openings, and pursuing  numerous leads when I had a breakthrough. I reached

World AIDS Day: Increasing Impact

2019-08-25T23:18:07+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

World AIDS Day: Increasing Impact   Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, an annual opportunity for people across the globe to celebrate our successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and reflect on the work that remains. It’s also a time to support people living with HIV/AIDS. Thanks to major advances in treatment, the conversation about

History-Shaping Skills

2019-08-25T23:18:06+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

History-Shaping Skills Curtis Pride on inclusive hiring in Major League Baseball, via Vimeo.   I love this time of year, when we count down to warmer weather and all the quintessential signs of spring. It’s also the time we celebrate Deaf History Month, which runs from March 13 to April 15, as well as opening

#ApprenticeshipWorks for Inclusion

2019-08-25T22:57:05+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

#ApprenticeshipWorks for Inclusion     In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, the Labor Department is exploring the many ways “Apprenticeship Works” — for workers, employers, businesses and new opportunities. Two new videos released today explore how it also works for inclusion — by providing a career pathway for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities.

#InclusionWorks for Innovation: How Microsoft is Opening Doors for Everyone

2019-09-17T21:07:26+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

#InclusionWorks for Innovation: How Microsoft is Opening Doors for Everyone This year’s theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, #InclusionWorks, has special meaning for Microsoft, and for me. Most everyone at some point in their career will face moments where you cannot “see the woods for the trees.”  “Brick wall” moments that stop you from

#InclusionWorks for Employers

2019-09-17T21:07:59+00:00August 25th, 2019|ODEP|

#InclusionWorks for Employers Last month I had the pleasure of attending the U.S. Business Leadership Network national conference, an annual gathering of companies committed to increasing disability inclusion.  For three days, these model employers — ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses — shared strategies for increasing disability inclusion across not only the workplace,