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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 13, 2017

Community, Disability Rights, Employment

Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 25 years ago, many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities face discrimination in the general workforce. Many employers are not willing to train or hire people with I/DD, despite the competitive skills they have to offer.

The Campaign for Disability Employment shares:

Held every October, NDEAM is an opportune time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities… “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.” The Campaign for Disability Employment encourages organizations of all sizes and in all industries to participate in NDEAM.

HeartShare looks beyond the societal limitations that keep people with disabilities out of the workforce and remains fully confident in their ability to become valued members of any company to which they belong.

With the help of his HeartShare job coach, Damon worked as a greeter at Luna Park in Coney Island this summer.

Through its Prevocational, Supported Employment, Customized Employment and Pathway to Employment Programs that prepare adults with disabilities for the world of work, HeartShare has added a growing list of businesses to its employment partners, including Toys R Us, Applebees and Modell’s. People with I/DD now can have the job they always wanted and the opportunity to succeed.

Learn more on how employers can create a more inclusive workplace.

Justin works at a HeartShare pre-school delivering lunches to classrooms.