The Campaign for Disability Employment
About the Campaign for Disability Employment
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work. People with disabilities can and do make important contributions to America’s businesses every day. By implementing good workplace practices, like maintaining a flexible and inclusive work environment, businesses can capitalize on the talents of qualified people with disabilities, benefitting everyone.
The Campaign is a collaborative effort between several organizations that are working to raise awareness and change attitudes about disability and employment. These partners include :
- American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD);
- National Business and Disability Council (NBDC);
- National Council of La Raza (NCLR);
- National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC);
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM);
- Special Olympics (SO); and
- U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN).
The Campaign is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP); receives technical assistance from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN); and is supported by the Disability Policy Research Center at West Virginia University.
The What Can You Do? Effort
Through its national public education effort, What Can YOU Do?, the Campaign for Disability Employment reinforces that people with disabilities want to work and that their talents and abilities positively impact businesses both financially and organizationally. It’s easy to join the What Can YOU Do? effort and support the Campaign by exploring the What Can YOU Do? Web site. The Web site offers a range of education and outreach tools, all designed to engage employers, people with disabilities, family and educators, and the general public. These include on-line forums which offer users the opportunity to express their commitment to disability employment efforts and share what they “can do”; grassroots tools and tangible ideas for supporting the Campaign’s goals; links to trusted resources that provide disability employment related information; and video public service announcements (PSAs). These creative video spots that challenge assumptions about people with disabilities and employment include the Campaign’s flagship “I Can” PSA, intended for nationwide television broadcast, and “Meet Sue”, the winner of the What Can YOU Do? Video Contest.
Please join the Campaign for Disability Employment in its mission to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by using the What Can YOU Do? Web site to access resources to assist in recruiting, retaining and advancing skilled, qualified employees and by sharing the important message that, “At work, it’s what people can do that matters.”