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07/18/2022 – Becoming Familiar with the “Campaign for Disability Employment” (CDE) By Kaylee McGrath

To continue with my previous article on July Disability Pride Month and next week’s article on the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I want to share this very important campaign funded by the U.S. Department of Labor called, “Campaign for Disability Employment”.

As Stated in Their (CDE) Opening Message:

“Every day, people with disabilities CAN and DO make important contributions to America’s businesses. They have the drive to succeed in employment, and the skills and talent they need to deliver value and results for their employers”.

Collaborating Organizations:

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the CDE is a highly collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that showcases supportive, inclusive workplaces for all workers.

Members of the CDE include the following organizations:

• American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

• Disability:IN

• Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)

• Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

• Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

• National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

• National Organization on Disability (NOD)

• Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

• Special Olympics (SO)

• The Viscardi Center

Multimedia Products & Activities:

The CDE’s multi-faceted campaign called “What Can YOU Do?” features a series of public service announcements (PSAs) and coordinating media products, all designed to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Our products and positive messages are encouraging businesses and others to recognize the value that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace, and the benefits that come with full inclusion.

Listed below are messages that bear repeating far and wide. And that’s what the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is all about

The CDE’s five powerful PSAs:

1) “I Can”

2) “Because”

3) “Who I Am”

4) “Working Works”

5) “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?”

These messages have aired more than 450,000 times on television and radio stations nationwide, earning more than $82 million in donated airtime. All can be downloaded from the CDE website, along with other tools and tangible ideas for supporting the Campaign’s goals, such as discussion guides, posters, a CDE support badge, and ready-to-publish news briefs for publications and social media platforms.

Source of Information: Various Google Searches

Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Well!

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