Oregon Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed October National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

This year, more than ever, as employers have shuttered doors or moved to remote work, people with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted. Their loss of employment was at a higher rate than their peers without disabilities.

“We are all better off when everyone, including Oregonians with disabilities, can contribute to their community and economy”

Dacia Johnson, Executive Director of Oregon Commission for the Blind

The theme for NDEAM 2021, “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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) invite the public to a series of free webinars every Tuesday in October from noon to 1 p.m.  around the theme of inclusion. A podcast about the webinars is also available online.

The series schedule and subjects are:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Employment Innovations in the time of COVID-19
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 – Youth Employment Journey
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 – Maximizing Hours: How to Navigate Services
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Workforce Recovery: Powered by Inclusion (Discussion with business leaders)

More information on how to register can be found online.

“Through the challenges of the past few years, the disability community has shown its strength,” said Lilia Teninty, director of the ODHS’ Office of Developmental Disabilities Services. “We invite those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, partners, and the larger community to join these webinars so, together, we can build an economy that includes all members of our community.”

About Author

Angela Yeager is a Communications Officer with the Department of Human Services' Employment First initiative. Employment First is a collaboration with the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Oregon Department of Education to promote community employment for Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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