The beginning of October starts the celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month with RespectabilityUSA launching a major campaign for the occasion. Respectability released a report earlier in September that shows people with disabilities are twice as likely to be working in the Dakotas, Alaska and Wyoming than they are in many other states.
The full report showcases some of the reasons that some states are much more successful than others. The practices discussed in the report can provide a valuable guide to where states have succeeded in in putting best practices into place and where governors have committed to maximizing opportunities for people with disabilities. It’s important for all states to look at places where leadership, proven practices, and cost-effective policies are getting more people with disabilities into the workforce.
On October 1, 2015 RespectabilityUSA will launch a campaign using the hashtag #RespectTheAbility, which aims to ultimately erase negative and untrue stigmas associated with hiring people with disabilities. In addition, the campaign will highlight regional and statewide companies with a strong culture of hiring people with disabilities in several states in partnership with their state Vocational Rehabilitation Services. RespectAbilityUSA will be releasing new stories highlighting best practices throughout the month and beyond.
For more information and resources, visit RespectabilityUSAs website.